Ouattara government orders overnight curfew in Abidjan

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Alassane Ouattara’s government in Ivory Coast has declared an overnight curfew in the main city of Abidjan from Thursday through to Sunday, a senior official said.

Marcel Amon Tano, Ouattara’s chief of staff, said the curfew was needed “for security reasons” and would run from nine o’clock in the evening through to six o’clock in the morning each day.

Forces loyal to Ouattara have swept south across much of the country, meeting little resistance, and are now in the main city, Abidjan, battling forces loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to step down after a contested election.

(Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly; writing by David Lewis)

Ouattara government orders overnight curfew in Abidjan