Pascal Affi Nguessan (file photo)
Pascal Affi Nguessan has known as for a marketing campaign of “civil disobedience”

The home of a former prime minister of Ivory Coast has been burnt down throughout clashes lower than two weeks earlier than bitterly contested elections.

It’s not clear who was behind the assault on the residence of Pascal Affi Nguessan in his stronghold of Bongouanou.

One of many city’s faculties was additionally destroyed, a instructor instructed the BBC.

Mr Nguessan and former President Henri Konan Bédié introduced this week they’d boycott the 31 October elections.

President Alassane Ouattara, vying for a 3rd time period in workplace, has rejected their calls for to postpone the vote and maintain talks.

He initially mentioned he would stand down however after his most popular successor, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died of a coronary heart assault in July, he reversed his place.

There are fears that the election might reignite battle within the nation, which is slowly recovering from a civil struggle sparked by a dispute over the 2010 election, received by Mr Ouattara.

Saturday’s clashes between rival teams of supporters in Bongouanou, about 200km (125 miles) north of the nation’s important metropolis, Abidjan, got here a day after official campaigning started.

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Mr Nguessan instructed the AFP information company: “Individuals had been transported from Abidjan. They focused the property of opposition leaders.”

The instructor mentioned: “I noticed individuals with machetes, knives attacking different individuals.”

“My college was burnt. They burnt the whole lot there, all my private belongings disappeared within the fireplace.”

He spoke of different assaults on buildings and accused the police of not doing sufficient to stop them.

When contacted by the BBC, the police declined to remark.

Bongouanou Mayor Amalaman Gilbert instructed the BBC on Sunday that mediators had been attempting to ease tensions.