Former Cote d’Ivoire coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been chosen to head the Ivorian People’s Party, FPI.

The party’s spokesperson Franck Anderson Kouassi said former President Gbagbo was the only candidate for the position and won 97.7 percent of the votes cast.

Gbagbo is the first ex-head of state to be tried by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges arising out of the post-election violence which wracked the Ivory Coast in 2010 to 2011.

About 3 000 people died in the turmoil that swept Abidjan – once one of Africa’s most cosmopolitan cities – in the aftermath of the November 2010 presidential polls when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat to bitter rival Alassane Ouattara, who remains in power.

Meanwhile, FPI head and former Ivorian premier Pascal Affi Guessan, was on Saturday re -elected to head the party for another five years.