News / Africa

Ouattara Supporters Vow to Take Control of Ivory Coast State Broadcasting

Armed members of the New Forces adopt combat positions near the hotel that houses the rival government declared by Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Dec 13, 2010
Armed members of the New Forces adopt combat positions near the hotel that houses the rival government declared by Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Dec 13, 2010

Multimedia

Audio
  • Michel Koffi, a leading member of groups supporting Ivory Coast’s former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara spoke with Clottey

Peter Clottey

A leading member of groups supporting Ivory Coast’s former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara said they will take over the country’s state broadcaster Thursday, despite threats of violent clashes with the army following the disputed 28 November presidential run-off vote.

The state broadcaster is reportedly controlled by supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo. But, Michel Koffi, in his words, told VOA members of his group are fully prepared to fight for their rights and freedoms after accusing President Gbagbo of destabilizing the country.

“Since the 28th November of this year, Mr. Alassane Ouattara has been elected as president of Cote d’Ivoire, and then we gave the chance to democracy and gave the chance to diplomacy to solve the problem. But, Mr. Gbagbo is not ready for that. So, today, we are ready to take over the national television of Cote d’Ivoire,” said Koffi.

Analysts have expressed concern that the decision to “forcefully” take over the state broadcaster could lead to violence and worsen the ongoing political crisis.

Koffi said his group aims to stop supporters of President Gbagbo from using the state broadcaster to misinform the entire Ivoirian population about the disputed vote.

“They are now using the national TV [television] and radio to send wrong information [to] the population. Don’t forget that about 75 percent of Cote d’Ivoire [population] has to [watch] the national TV, [but] they are talking nonsense on this television and we have to stop that,” said Koffi.

“They are showing wrong movies to show people that we are ready to [commit] genocide and all that. But, we are not in that and we have to stop that because we voted for Mr. Ouattara to give the chance to Cote d’Ivoire for development…and democracy and freedom in Cote d’Ivoire,” added Koffi.

Both President Gbagbo and Mr. Ouattara have declared they are president and named governments raising fears of a new conflict eight years after the country’s civil war.

The two leaders have the support of rival armed forces. Mr. Gbagbo is supported by senior military officers, who control the south, while Mr. Ouattara has the support of former rebels in the north.

Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply concerned about the threat of violence in Ivory Coast as a result of that country's continuing political stalemate.

In a statement through his spokesman Wednesday, Mr. Ban said recent developments have created a politically charged environment where actions could have “unpredictable consequences,” including the renewal of civil war. He also called on all parties to avoid any action that could trigger violence.

You May Like

Is Air Travel Safe?

Aviation expert says despite tragic losses of Malaysian Airlines flights 370 and 17, industry experienced lowest fatality rate in recorded history last year More

Multimedia 100 Days Later, Nigerian Girls Still Held

Activists holding rallies in Nigeria and several other countries to mark 100th day of captivity for more than 200 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram More

Chocolate Too Bitter? Swap Sugar for Mushrooms

US food technology company develops fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans, believes it will cut sugar content in candy 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.
US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israeli
X
Carolyn Presutti
July 23, 2014 1:21 AM
The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israel

The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.

AppleAndroid