Alassane Ouattara slated to attend Francophonie summit in Djerba
The Ivorian president has just confirmed his attendance at the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie's summit to Tunisian authorities.
The fertiliser trader, a key figure in the Sahelian agricultural sector for the past twenty years who was close to Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaoré and Beninese president Thomas Boni Yahi, is the target of a lawsuit by a Malian client.
Nearly 2.5 tons of cocaine were seized in Cotonou at the beginning of the month, but since last week judges at the Beninese CRIET have been focused on a different case, that of 10 defendants who were arrested in May, shortly after the seizure of 150kg of cocaine at the port.
Breaking news published on 05/09/21 at 7:40 p.m. - Less than 24 hours after the coup that ousted Alpha Conde, ECOWAS presidents started consulting with each other ahead of an extraordinary summit planned shortly to decide what stance to adopt on Guinea and whether or not to apply sanctions.
Despite his reelection, Patrice Talon's main opponent remains behind bars on vague suspicions of "financing terrorism". But he will have to reckon with Madougou's powerful supporters among whom are two of the region's sitting presidents as well as oligarch Mahamadou Bonkoungou and lawyer Antoine Vey, a former associate of French justice minister Dupond-Moretti.
Beninese presidential candidate Reckya Madougou has been detained since 5 March accused of financing terrorism. Across West Africa, where the former minister is very close to several heads of state, presidential offices are getting into action on her behalf.