Gbagbo's party will not be in legislative election

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Posted: Oct 26, 2011 6:45 PM
Gbagbo's party will not be in legislative election

A spokesman for the party of Ivory Coast's toppled ruler said it will not participate in the country's upcoming legislative elections scheduled for mid-December.

Franck Bamba said Wednesday the Ivorian Popular Front party would not participate "if things stay as is."

The FPI has been threatening to pull out of the December election due to widespread intimidation of their supporters.

The party ruled Ivory Coast for more than 10 years from 2000 to April 2011, when President Laurent Gbagbo was arrested and placed under house arrest, following a near civil war.

The ex-president's party has said it would only send candidates to the poll if President Alassane Ouattara released Gbagbo from detention and dropped all charges against him and his allies.