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African chiefs plan potential military action in Côte d'Ivoire

The presidents of Cape Verde, Benin, and Sierra Leone meet with the UN mission chief to Ivory Coast in Abidjan
Reuters/Luc Gnago

By RFI

West African defence chiefs planned Wednesday for a potential military intervention in Côte d’Ivoire after three regional heads of state sent by regional bloc Ecowas failed to convince incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo to cede power to his rival Alassane Ouattara.

After the presidents of Sierra Leone, Benin and Cape Verde left talks with Gbagbo in Abidjan, it emerged that military chiefs from across the region had met in Nigeria to discuss strategies for a possible troop deployment.

A senior diplomat said the meeting in the Nigerian capital Abuja was about "the military planning ... and the logistics" of any eventual operation.

Jibrin Ibrahim, Centre for Democracy and Development
 
29/12/2010
by Billie O'Kadameri
 
 

Nigeria's defence spokesman, Colonel Mohammed Yerimah, confirmed the meeting was underway but did not give details.

Presidents Boni Yayi of Benin, Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde went to Abidjan on Tuesday and are due to return there next week.

Jorge Borges, Cape Verde's foreign affairs secretary, had earlier said the focus of regional efforts was to find a diplomatic solution and that the leaders were “no longer talking of military intervention by Ecowas”.

Some analysts are optimistic about Ecowas's diplomatic power.

"I believe Ecowas has shown a very high capacity to address issues such as this," says Jibrin Ibrahim of the Centre for Democracy and Development. "Liberia and Sierra Leone both looked intractable if not impossible but at the end of the day it was the engagement of Ecowas that was able to lead towards the resolution and the restoration of democracy in both countries."

Both Gbagbo and Ouattara claim to have won Côte d’Ivoire’s 28 November election, but only Ouattara has been recognised as president by the international community.

tags: Alassane Ouattara - Army - Benin - Cape Verde - Côte d'Ivoire - Ecowas - Laurent Gbagbo - Nigeria - Sierra Leone
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re; Anonyme

I,m beginning to access the authenticity of the victories of the two leaders. will somebody who really knows about the Ivorian constitution vividly tell me the duties of the consistutional committee. Are they mandated by law to be the final authority of election?. If so what are the duties of the E.C.
I't looks like i,m getting the whole scenario from the article posted by Anonyme. I believe it is the true reflection of what is happening in Code'Ivior.
As much i do not support autocratic government, we should be careful not to allow ourselves to be blindfolded by the WESTERNERS. They always come in with thier selfish interest at the fore front.
that is why i,m looking for an expert who really know much about the Iviorian consistution to tell me what it says concerning election.
Who knows? Alhassan OUATARRA MAY BE serving the interst of the western world that is why they are routing for him.

FORCE USE BY ECOWAS IT'S JUST

FORCE USE BY ECOWAS IT'S JUST WRONG, SO ARE THEY PLANNING TO DO THE SAME THING IN ZIMBAWEE OR IN SOMALY....? WE CAN NOW SEE HOW MUCH MOST COUNTRY IN AFRICA HATE THE REAL DEMOCRATIC. MR LAURENT GBAGBO ASKED THE ALL AFRICAIN COMMUNITY AND INTERNATIONAL TO COME AROUND TO RECOUNT THE BALOT BUT NO, THEY JUST WANT TO USE FORCE BECAUSE IS NOT USING FORCE YET. YOU'R GOING TO START A CIVIL WAR IN SOMEONE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF SOME PEOPLES INTEREST. GOOD BLESS AFRICA,AMEN.

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It is not that Gbagbo or Outtaraw are GOD in IVC. They belong to two different ethinic group or rather Christian & Muslim, some one is popular in certain part of the country & some in different places.

Why did Gbagbo's men ripped off the RTI broadcast when actual election annoncement was on the TV? Even after that when his party men raised that rigging of ballot box where done, the Election Commision wanted to conduct re-polling in selected areas where mutual issues, but wanted to release the 'provisional results on RTI'. But this was denied..... as clearly Outtaraw had won in most places, including in some regions of the south & west where Gbagbo's own ethinic people are there.

Why are the western ivorians running into Liberia? Close to 30,000 people of already reported & registered in Liberian border. WHy these people of the west have to run when Gbagbo is in power....do you know? Coz some of his very own people voted against him & Gbagbo's men are virtually massacarring & slotting them in villages, which has never been reported. What is reported is about 200 people selectively killed in a small village near Abidjan.

If you see Gbagbo's party did not stand much chance as PDCI & RDI combined together in the second round of election. Even though there are differences, but definetly certain percentage of them voted for Outtaraw party....and

The truth is that Gbagbo was in power for the last 10 years ripping the country into an economic crisis & corruptions. There is no department in Gbagbo goverment which has not squelled the funds of the country.

ECOWAS have taken the responisbility to resolve this crises, whether it will be done in Zimbawe or in Somalia is anybody's guess & ofcourse why it has not been done...is another question. Why neighbouring countries are not cooperating with the international community to create this kind of impact as ECOWAS has created for Zimbabwe. African nations are now responsible, they have to be accounted for the millions of aid which follows in development of the nations, and everybody is tired..all they want is a normal, healthy, peaceful life which can be affordable by anybody within his means.

A couple of decade back every 7th person in the world was an african and by 2020 every 5th person will be an african. Hope is what we all live in to make this continent a better place like Asia or America.

some folks don't understand

some folks don't understand what really transpired in Ivory Coast on the day of the election. RDR and PDCI are the two largest parties in Ivory Coast. Victory is always guranteed when they merge as one.

ECOWAS is keen not replicate the "power sharing government" in Ivory Coast as it is in Zimbabwe and Kenya. The power sharing dichotomy was the main strategy Gbabo counted on to rig the elections. So sorry that Africa would not let it happen this time.

I concord with you that Ouattara swept the south east of the country. He even swept Gbabo's supposed-to-be support bases of Daloa and Gagnoa. These two cities are the most populous in the center-west of Ivory Coast and also the hearts of Gbabo's ethnic tribe (bete').

This is not about what it was not done in Zimbabwe and Somalia. It is about correcting misteps and ill-calculated political strategies in Kenya and Zimbabwe. People do learn from mistakes. Indeed, Zimbabwe and kenya taught us some lessons.

IVC' situation

I have been very concern about the Ivorian's situation. I think that we have to pray more for Ro 13:1-7 clearly stipulated that God is the one that established all authorities. Let the one God has established be there. I think on my own view there was no way for Bagbo to win the election once the two majors groups of the opposition combined. I think that it will be funny for to believe it. I believe Bagbo should step down and allow Watara to take over. I think that for more than 10 years he has never proved himself as someone who wants alternance in YVC. My prayers are that our brethren in YVC will see our prayers answered and the solution will come from the Lord !

Gbagbo kept delaying and

Gbagbo kept delaying and postponing the elections in CI so that he can stay in power as lond as possible. He never intended to relinquish his post. After he ran into a brick wall with all his ridiculous reasons for postponing the elections, he reluctantly allowed it to go ahead. He had a win-win scenerio in mind, win and he is in or lose and cry foul and he is still in abeit, in a power sharing government. He had tried to suppress Quatara's legitamacy to run in the elections by declaring that he is a foreigner only to be overturned in court, even though he (Quattara) was a former PM.
It is time for Africa to let these clowns know that the countries are not their personal properties. Why go through an expensive election if you do not plan on honouring the results. The TV station should be knocked out off the air as this is his primary source of inciting and mobilizing his thugs.

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