News / Africa

AU Delegation Trying to Solve Ivory Coast Crisis

South African president Jacob Zuma (C), flanked by South African ambassador to Ivory Coast Lallie Ntombizodwa (R), shakes hands with African Union representative to Ivory Coast Ambroise Niyonsaba (L) as he arrives at Abidjan international airport on Febru
South African president Jacob Zuma (C), flanked by South African ambassador to Ivory Coast Lallie Ntombizodwa (R), shakes hands with African Union representative to Ivory Coast Ambroise Niyonsaba (L) as he arrives at Abidjan international airport on Febru

Heads of state from the African Union are traveling to Ivory Coast Monday in hopes of resolving the political crisis between rival governments there.  

Members of a high-level African Union delegation began arriving in Abidjan Monday to meet with the country's rival presidents, though many Ivorian’s remain doubtful that diplomacy will solve the violent post-election crisis, now nearing the end of its third month.

Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo has refused to give up power, rejecting U.N.-certified election results that showed him losing a November presidential run-off to rival Alassane Ouattara.

Mr. Gbagbo claimed victory after the constitutional court annulled 10 percent of ballots cast.  Both the African Union and the regional bloc ECOWAS have recognized Mr. Ouattara as the winner of the vote.

Analysts have called the AU mediation efforts a last chance for Mr. Gbagbo to cede power gracefully.  The panel includes the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, South Africa and Tanzania.

However, Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore is not part of Monday's delegation.  Mr. Compaore served as a regional mediator to Ivory Coast in the run-up to elections, and militant supporters of Mr. Gbagbo accuse him of favoring Mr. Ouattara.  The militants have rejected his presence on the panel and staged a demonstration Sunday at the airport.

The panel has one week to find a way to resolve the political standoff. The African Union says that resolution will be legally binding, though it has no means of enforcing the provision.

Mr. Gbagbo's government says the panel must not challenge the legitimacy of the constitutional council declaration that named him the winner in the election.  Mr. Ouattara's government says any power-sharing arrangement with Mr. Gbagbo is out of the question, and says it will not accept a recount of the ballots.

Mr. Ouattara's prime minister, Guillaume Soro, is calling on Ivorians to stage an Egypt-style revolution against Mr. Gbagbo.

Speaking Thursday in Dakar, Soro said he does not think the African Union panel will find a solution or be able to convince Mr. Gbagbo to leave power.  He says Mr. Gbagbo has gone too far to retreat now. He says the only thing Mr. Gbagbo is open to hearing is that he will be president in some kind of power-sharing agreement, which Soro said would be an anti-democratic move.

November's presidential election was meant to reunite the country following a 2002-2003 civil war. Instead, the United Nations says post-electoral violence has killed nearly 300 people.

Witnesses say Ivorian troops loyal to Mr. Gbagbo killed at least one anti-Gbagbo protestor in Abidjan Monday.  Security forces fired live rounds in the air and used tear gas to disperse similar anti-Gbagbo demonstrations over the weekend.

You May Like

Video Experts Warn World Losing Ebola Fight

Doctors Without Borders says world is losing battle against Ebola, unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams More

Video Experts: Rise of Islamic State Significant Development in Jihadism

Many analysts contend the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years More

US-Based Hong Kongers Pledge Support for Pro-Democracy Activists

Democracy advocates call on Chinese living abroad to join them in opposing new election rules for their home territory More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearancei
X
Elizabeth Lee
September 02, 2014 8:57 PM
Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearance

Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Experts See Rise of ISIS as Significant Development

The Islamic State’s rise seems sudden. It caught the U.S. by surprise this summer when it captured large portions of northern Iraq and spread its wings in neighboring Syria. But many analysts contend that the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years. VOA's Jela de Franceschi takes a closer look at the rise of ISIS and its implications for the Middle East and beyond.
Video

Video Israel Concerned Over Syrian Rebels in Golan

Israeli officials are following with concern the recent fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces near the contested Golan Heights. Forty-four U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji have been seized by Syrian Islamist rebels and the clashes occasionally have spilled into Israel. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.

AppleAndroid