Updated: February 27, 2021
The administration of President Alassane Ouattara has issued an arrest warrant for Guillaume Soro, his former friend, and an ex-rebel leader who became prime minister and speaker of the National Assembly, and intends to run in next year’s presidential election.
Local newspapers said Mr. Soro, who had been due to return to the country after several months abroad, landed in Ghana instead of Ivory Coast.
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The arrest warrant cements a final split between the two former friends who joined forces to remove former President Laurent Gbagbo from power with the help of French forces.
President Ouattara, a former prime minister also, is married to a white French woman and is said to have French citizenship.
The removal of Gbagbo by French forces was captured on cameras and watched around the world.