Ivorian authorities release political detainees

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Political observers have hailed as a plausible step towards national reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire, the release last weekend of two officials of the Republican Rally (RDR).
Aly Coulibaly and Kafan Kone, respectively spokesman and organising secretary were arrested last December in the aftermath of a demonstration to protest the rejection of RDR chairman Alasanne Ouattara's candidacy for the general elections.
The reason behind their bail has not been disclosed officially.
However, the move was thought to spring from the process of reconciliation advocated by the present regime in Abidjan.
The two leaders were detained alongside 40 other RDR supporters, including Jean Jacques Bechio, Alassane Ouattara's special advisor, who are yet to be freed.
Aly Coulibaly, while appreciating his release, has since asked for the liberation of fellow RDR supporters still in detention.

30 april 2001 20:11:00

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