The former president of Cote D’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, has filed for divorce from his wife of three decades at the age of 76.
His lawyer, Claude Mentenon said in a statement on Monday that after years of “rejected requests for Simone Ehivet to consent to an amicable separation”, the ex-president had asked an Abidjan court for a divorce.
The ex-president has been in a relationship for several years with 47-year-old former journalist Nady Bamba.
The shocking announcement comes four days after Gbagbo returned to Ivory Coast following a decade’s absence, during which he was tried for crimes against humanity during the post-election conflict of 2010-2011.
Laurent and Simone Gbagbo got married in 1989 and have two daughters together.