News / Africa

Pressure Mounts on Ivory Coast President to Step Down

Top U.N. envoy in Ivory Coast announced that Ouattara had won the disputed presidential election by an 'irrefutable margin.' The international community stepped up pressure on incumbent Laurent Opposition leader Gbagbo to concede defeat, 8 Dec 10.
Top U.N. envoy in Ivory Coast announced that Ouattara had won the disputed presidential election by an 'irrefutable margin.' The international community stepped up pressure on incumbent Laurent Opposition leader Gbagbo to concede defeat, 8 Dec 10.

In Ivory Coast, the government of internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, says it will take control of state institutions by the end of the week if incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, who also claimed victory in last month's election, continues to refuse to step down.

Pressure is mounting for Ivory Coast's incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to cede power to president-elect Alassane Ouattara, who was recognized by the United Nations as the winner of last month's presidential poll.

Amnesty International says security forces have killed more than 20 people since the November 28 presidential run-off.  There are concerns the political stand-off could plunge the country back into civil war.

Soro says his government will march to the state television station, which is currently controlled by Mr. Gbabgo, to put in place a new general director.  He says on Friday his Cabinet will meet in the official prime minister's office.

There was no immediate response from Mr. Gbagbo to this announcement.

Mr. Ouattara's prime minister, Guillaume Soro, said Monday his government cannot remain indifferent to growing insecurity and, what he called, the country's "catastrophic" financial situation.

Mr. Ouattara has requested that the West African Central Bank block Mr. Gbagbo's access to funds. The Central Bank groups eight former French colonies using the CFA franc as currency.  An official at the Dakar-based bank declined to comment Tuesday on whether officials would discuss Mr. Ouattara's request at a planned meeting Wednesday in the Togolose capital, Lome.

Mr. Gbagbo and Mr. Ouattara have set up rival governments and have the support of rival armed forces.  Mr. Gbagbo is supported by senior military officers who control southern regions, Mr. Ouattara by former rebels who control northern regions.

Soro now heads Mr. Ouattara's government, which is based in an Abidjan hotel guarded by U.N. peacekeepers and former rebel fighters.

Tensions rose Monday in Abidjan when troops loyal to Mr. Gbagbo set up roadblocks a few hundred meters from the hotel housing Mr. Ouattara, barring access for most of the day.  Sources say the U.N. envoy to Ivory Coast was able to defuse the situation.

The European Union has ramped up international pressure Monday by approving financial and travel sanctions on Mr. Gbagbo and his allies if he continues to cling to power.  ECOWAS and the African Union have suspended Ivory Coast, and countries like France and the United States continue to call on Mr. Gbagbo to resign.

Mr. Gbagbo dismisses international support for Mr. Ouattara as foreign interference that threatens Ivory Coast's sovereignty.

Mr. Gbagbo says he is the president because Ivory Coast's constitutional council, which is led by a Gbagbo ally, annulled nearly 10 percent of all ballots cast as fraudulent, giving him 51 percent of the vote.  But the United Nations certified the original electoral commission results that show Mr. Ouattara winning 54 percent of the vote.

You May Like

China’s Influence Grows With New Infrastructure Bank

Multibillion-dollar China-backed and BRICS-supported Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank seen as possible challenger to such lenders as IMF, World Bank More

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

Rabbi Michel Serfaty makes the rounds in his friendship bus to encourage dialogue and break down barriers between the two groups More

Post-deal Iran Leaders Need 'Economic Momentum' to Solidify

Economists say deal could inject more than $100 billion into coffers - not enough to entirely rescue ailing economy - but maybe adequate to create 'economic momentum' 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 Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impacti
X
Michael Bowman
June 28, 2015 10:05 PM
Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.
Video

Video US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.
Video

Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video S. Korea Christians Protest Gay Rights Festival

The U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality nationwide has energized gay rights supporters around the world. Gay rights remain a highly contentious issue in a key U.S. ally, South Korea, where police did a deft job Sunday of preventing potential clashes between Christian protesters and gay activists. Kurt Achin reports from Seoul.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
Video

Video Syrian Refugees Return to Tal Abyad

Syrian refugees in Turkey confirm they left their hometown of Tal Abyad because of intense fighting and coalition airstrikes, not because Kurdish fighters were engaged in ethnic cleansing, as some Turkish officials charged. VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer, in Tal Abyad, finds that civilians coming back to the town agree, as we hear in this report narrated by Roger Wilkison.
Video

Video Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

Russia has been showing off its new tank design – the Armata T-14. Designers claim it is 20 years ahead of current Western designs - and driving it feels like playing a computer game. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.
Video

Video In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

Za’atari, a makeshift city in Jordan, may be the only Syrian refugee camp to tweet its activities, in an effort to keep donors motivated as the war in Syria intensifies and the humanitarian crisis deepens. Inside the camp, families say mobile phone applications help hold together families that are physically torn apart. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Chemical-Sniffing Technology Fights Australia's Graffiti Vandals

Cities and towns all over the world spend huge amounts of resources battling graffiti writers who deface buildings, public transport vehicles and even monuments. Authorities in Sydney, Australia, hope a new chemical-sniffing technology finally will stop vandals from scribbling on walls in the passenger areas of commuter trains. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Cambodia Struggling to Curb Child Labor

Earlier this year a United Nations report found 10 percent of Cambodian children aged 7-14 are working – one of the highest rates in the region – and said one in four children in that age bracket are forced to quit school to help their families. Although the child labor rate has dropped over the past decade, Cambodia has a lot more to do – including keeping more children in school. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.

VOA Blogs