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Laurent Gbagbo elected leader of the dissident wing of the FPI

Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, tried in The Hague for crimes against humanity, was elected today to head the dissident faction of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), a party he created , today divided into two rival camps.

Laurent Gbagbo, 73 years old, the only candidate in the running was elected with more than 97.5% of the votes cast of 5,325 voters, after two days of the "fourth ordinary congress" of the dissident faction of the FPI, in Grand Bassam, near Abidjan.

"We are satisfied (…), the Congress has allowed us to appreciate the vitality of the party and shows that Laurent Gbagbo remains the cornerstone of our training," said AFP Franck Anderson Kouassi, the national secretary to the dissenting REIT Communication

For his part, Pascal Affi N'Guessan, 65, was re-elected for a five-year term, a week ago, president of the official REIT. The party is crossed by a crisis which opposes Pascal Affi N'Guessan to the rival camp of Aboudramane Sangaré, a close of Laurent Gbagbo.

The first former head of state handed over to the ICC, Laurent Gbagbo has been imprisoned since the end of 2011 in The Hague, where he is tried by the ICC for "crimes against humanity" alleged to have been committed during the post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011, which killed more than 3,000 people in Côte d'Ivoire.

Source: AFP

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