The party of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo made a call for dialogue with the government Thursday amid heightened tension between the opposition and the head of state.
The call to President Alassane Ouattara's regime by the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) comes after a recent spate of attacks on the army and security forces that the goverment has blamed on Gbagbo supporters.
The attacks, which killed a dozen men in the west of the country and in the Abidjan region, brought tensions to a level not seen since the bloody post-electoral crisis of December 2010 to April 2011 that claimed 3,000 lives.
The conflict was sparked when Gbabgo refused to admit defeat to Ouattara at the presidential polls.
"The situation today makes dialogue more than necessary," FPI president Sylvain Miaka Oureto said at a press conference Thursday, adding that "we need to sit down and talk."
He said the FPI was available for frank, sincere talks with the government.
Earlier Thursday, the head of Ivory Coast's post-war reconciliation panel said the country urgently needed dialogue amid the resurgence of tensions.
FPI has vehemently denied involvement in the recent attacks, which led to the arrest of three key Gbagbo allies.© ANP/AFP