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Activists Rally Around Ivorian Woman Taking on Politician for Rape

The Ivorian League for Women’s Rights asks for help with legal support for a woman accusing Ivorian Minister for Reconciliation Kouadio Konan Bertin of rape. According to the League’s officials, the victim’s lawyer has “withdrawn” and the association has no money to pay another lawyer. Prosecutors in the country said Wednesday they had opened an investigation into a rape accusation against former presidential candidate and reconciliation minister Kouadio Konan Bertin. In an audio message disseminated on the internet on Monday, an Ivorian-Cameroonian artist who said she had worked with Bertin alleged that in April she had been forcibly taken to Divo, a town 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of Abidjan, where she was raped. Bertin, 52, commonly known by his initials of KKB, was the only contender against presidential incumbent Alassane Ouattara in last October’s elections.