Ivory Coast Receives Arrest Warrant for Parliament Speaker Soro

Ivory Coast’s government said it received an international arrest warrant for Guillaume Soro, the speaker of the West African nation’s parliament, from Interpol in neighboring Burkina Faso.

The government of Burkina Faso has sought the arrest of Soro in connection with a short-lived coup in the country in September, news website Burkina24 reported last week. The Ivorian government plans to deal with the case through diplomatic channels, the presidency said in an e-mailed statement Monday.

A former rebel leader, Soro headed the Forces Nouvelles fighters who seized the northern half of the the world’s biggest cocoa producer after a failed 2002 coup. He became prime minister in a 2007 peace deal under then-president Laurent Gbagbo and continued to serve under his successor Alassane Ouattara. He resigned in 2012 to become speaker of the National Assembly.

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