Ivory Coast summons French envoy over move to question speaker

An arrangement of Ivorian newspapers bearing headlines concerning the arrest warrant issued by a French magistrate against President of the Ivory Coast National Assembly Guillaume Soro is seen on December 8, 2015 in AbidjanIvory Coast summoned the French ambassador Tuesday in a diplomatic row over moves by a Paris judge to interrogate the country’s parliamentary speaker, former rebel chief Guillaume Soro. Foreign Minister Charles Koffi Diby told AFP that he was voicing “a strong protest” against a warrant to question Soro in connection with a complaint filed by Michel Gbagbo, son of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo who is currently awaiting trial in The Hague. “The parliament speaker is on an official mission” on behalf of the president and has “absolute immunity”, said Koffi Diby, calling for the summons to be annulled.

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