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Ivory Coast elections: media and diplomatic reaction

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(Read caption) Boys shout "We don't want Gbagbo" next to the remains of a morning protest fire in the Koumassi neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Dec. 5. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki tried to mediate the nation's growing political crisis Sunday as hundreds protested in the country's north, a day after both candidates in the disputed election said they were now president.

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On many Saturdays I post interesting links about various countries in Africa. Today, given the turmoil in Cote d’Ivoire, I thought it appropriate to do a roundup specifically for that country. For those who have not been following the story, a declaration of victory for opposition candidate Alassane Outtara quickly gave way to a declaration of victory for incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. Turmoil has resulted.

News reports:

  • Christian Science Monitor: “Two Candidates Claim Victory in Ivory Coast Election. Who’s Right?”
  • Financial Times: “The confused outcome of the run-off represents a major setback to nearly eight years of efforts by the United Nations, regional and western mediators to reunite the country and restore legitimacy to the state. It also presents a conundrum to interested countries abroad, including former colonial power France and the US. During campaigning, Mr Gbagbo and his supporters portrayed his rival, a former prime minister and senior official at the International Monetary Fund, as a stooge of foreign powers.”
  • Bloomberg: “The dispute over the results is threatening to worsen violence that left several dead during the campaign, including at least six people who were killed late on Dec. 1 at an opposition party office by unidentified gunmen.”
  • VOA: “The country is under an overnight curfew. All its borders are closed. Foreign news broadcasts are suspended indefinitely.”
  • BBC Q&A

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