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RDR opposes Gbagbo’s party’s call for national dialogue

27 September 2013, 21:23

Abidjan - The Rally for Republicans (RDR) has opposed calls by the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) party of former President, Laurent Gbogbo for a national dialogue to discuss the nation’s political problems.

Joel N’Guessan, Spokesman for RDR, party of Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara told newsmen in Abidjan on Friday that such call would amount to a distraction on the current leadership.

N’Guessan said that the Ouattara-led government had demonstrated enough readiness to ensure genuine reconciliation and peace in the country since the end of the political crisis.

According to him, convening a national dialogue will amount to unnecessary duplication of platforms for discussion.

"We are saying that the problems of the Ivorian nation are known already, the current administration is also on course providing solutions to them.

"We encourage president Ouattara and his team to continue the excellent work of rebuilding Côte d'Ivoire,’’ N'Guessan said.

He called on the FPI and other opposition parties in the country to participate sincerely in the ongoing reconciliatory meeting with government in the interest of the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FPI had called for the convention of a national dialogue for open and frank discussion on ways of tackling the nation’s problem.

The FPI had said that such forum would allow for deep reflection and discussion by all stakeholders to ensure the return of total peace and meaningful development in the country.

NAN reports that Cote d’Ivoire has remained politically divided after the post-election violence that engulfed it following a disputed presidential election between Gbagbo and President Ouattara.

NAN reports that though the violence officially ended with Gbagbo’s arrest on April 11, 2012, pockets of violence have continued to emerge in different parts of the country.

The post-electoral conflict that hit Cote d’Ivoire which is reported to have caused the death of some 3,000 persons also left memorable scars among the people.



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