Cote d'Ivoire : The Struggle of the People of Côte d'Ivoire


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Dec 31, 2009

By Tim Cocks and Kwasi Kpodo

ABIDJAN/ACCRA | Fri Jan 7, 2011 4:03pm EST

ABIDJAN/ACCRA (Reuters) - The president of Ghana said on Friday his country would not take sides in neighboring Ivory Coast's power struggle and that force would not resolve it, exposing a rift in the region about how to deal with the crisis.

Presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara's camp said it was not worried by divisions among West African leaders over the use of force to oust Laurent Gbagbo, because there are other "military options" that could oust him, a spokesman said.

Gbagbo's camp called Ghana's decision wise.


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Feb 28, 2009
Nigeria: Somebody Has to Kick Out That Clown in Cote d'Ivoire
Sam Nda-Isaiah
21 February 2011

In more ways than one, what is happening in Cote d'Ivoire at the moment is a failure of leadership on the part of Nigeria. If we are to be taken seriously as a regional power, then, we must act the part.

Even in the days of interregnum in this country, when the military held on to power or after Obasanjo had rigged himself back to power against the will of the people, Nigeria did not look this helpless in the politics of the West African sub-region. It may indeed sound funny, but General Sani Abacha chased out Johnny Koroma who had staged a coup to remove President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah that won an election in Sierra Leone. It took a war to chase out Koroma who was actually in power between May 1997 and February 1998. That was at a time Abacha himself was denying his own country true democracy.

Obasanjo's audacity was even worse. At a time when he had thoroughly and disgracefully rigged the 2003 elections, after several people had also been murdered in the process, and at a time he had already started conceiving his third term agenda, he stopped Faure Gnassingbe from succeeding his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who had just died, as the life president of Togo without going through an election. The fact that, in both cases, Nigeria acted shamelessly by enforcing what it didn't have even made it more significant. When has power become a moral issue? Is it not the occasional unreasonable deployment of power that defines world and regional powers? If Nigeria has been accepted worldwide as a power in West Africa and we do not deploy that power, then, another country would soon take it over, for nature abhors a vacuum. Ghana is already on the sidelines waiting eagerly to lead. The Ghanaians have already overtaken us in several indices of civilization. Their own democracy is more genuine in any case. The country's infrastructure is more modern and the polity is not associated with the wanton level of corruption that has engulfed our nation.



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Feb 28, 2009

^^^they want to murder people to put that dude and his jewish women into power.That guy has worked for the IMF,thus everybody can understand why YT support him so much.

At least Gbagbo has respect for his countrywomen by having a african woman beside him

Enough of all them african president who don't even respect african women!

Ouattara now formally Ivorian President

The Constitutional Court of Côte d'Ivoire declares Alassane Ouattara the country's rightful President
© Gouv ivoirien/afrol News
afrol News, 6 May - Alassane Ouattara on Friday formally took the oath of the President of Côte d'Ivoire, five months after he won the Ivorian presidential elections.
The Ivorian President took the oath on the country's constitution one day after the Constitutional Court of Côte d'Ivoire made a formal statement, confirming Mr Ouattara as the legally elected President of the country.

The Court thereby annulled its earlier announcement that ex-President Laurent Gbagbo had won last year's Ivorian elections - which had come at the same time as the country's electoral commission confirmed Mr Ouattara's victory. The Court also annulled Mr Gbagbo's oath-taking ceremony.

Friday's inauguration ceremony, with Mr Ouattara in civilian clothes and a large number of foreign diplomats present, largely contrasted Mr Gbagbo's controversial ceremony late last year, which was boycotted by the international community and termed illegal.

Mr Ouattara swore "to respect and faithfully defend the constitution" of Côte d'Ivoire. He also swore to protect the rights of all Ivorian citizens.

For most Ivorians, the presidential inauguration ceremony represents a hope for an end

Ivorian ex-President Laurent Gbagbo surrendering to the forces of Alassane Ouattara on 11 April 2011
© Aristide Bodegla/UN Photo/afrol News
to ten years of political instability and civil war and five months of intense post-election violence.

While fighting in Côte d'Ivoire has mostly ceased and international investors are heading towards the country, the Ouattara government nevertheless faces great challenges to reconcile the split Ivorian people.

The split is best described by the continued house arrest of ex-President Gbagbo as the Ouattara government is preparing possible charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against him and Ivorian army commanders.

At the same time, President Ouattara himself is facing increased criticism for possible war crimes committed by troops fighting on his side, with claims of both massacres and mass rape. Mr Ouattara has promised serious investigations into these claims.....

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