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What next for Ivory Coast ?

AfricaHYS Team | 13:22 UK time, Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Fighting has re-ignited in Abidjan after negotiations for defiant  Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo's departure appear to have failed.
Forces loyal to his rival Alassane Ouattara have launched attacks on the presidential residence where Laurent Gbagbo is sheltering.

 Mr Gbagbo inisists he won last November's run-off. But the Ivorian election commission found that Mr Quattara was the winner-a result certified by the UN.

The European Union and US government say they are ready to lift sanctions and help rebuild the country once Alassane Ouattara takes over.

So where should the rebuilding of the country start? How can the country overcome the animosity caused by the presidential dispute? Will a Ouattara -led government be able to unite and heal the nation?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Rebuilding Ivory Coast should begin from democratic institutions and reconciliation rather establishing roots of revenge between the North and South!

  • Comment number 2.

    The situation in Ivory Coast is already over, Gbagbo has already conceded defeat in his silence, what remains now is the person to lead him away from his hiding place.

  • Comment number 3.

    I’m afraid La Cote D’Ivoire is just beginning to sink into difficult and dangerous times. The departure of Gbagbo and the ascendance to power by Ouattara might only help prolong the problem. La Cote D’Ivoire is highly-charged with rage and grief and hugely divided between Gbagbo and Ouattara. I have the feeling that Ouattara wouldn’t be able to pull the country together and move it forward because of the deep resentment towards him from a huge segment of the Ivorian society. His life might even be at stake, especially if Gbagbo is killed. La Cote D’Ivoire will NEVER be the same again! I strongly believe that neither Gbagbo nor Ouattara can pull this once citadel of West Africa out of this quagmire. Ivorians need a leader who loves the country and her people; not desperate politician that can go at any length to get what they want. These two guys need to apologize to Ivorians and completely retire from Ivorian politics; they are a curse to La Cote D’Ivoire. With the carnage that the new forces caused in Douekue, on their way to Abidjan, I’m seriously concerned that this is not the type of army that can unite the country; it might only exacerbate the situation. With some many guns in the hands of ill-disciplined people and a genuine possibility of retributions, I’m afraid Ivory coast is heading into a deadly pit. I pray and hope I’m proven wrong!

    Chi Prmus C.

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  • Comment number 4.

    I really appreciate the French goverment for their role in Africa protecting civilians. Our African leaders don't have respect for life. Bravo to the French troops. I know it's time for Gbagbo to leave. There is no tribal conflict in Ivory Coast, the only problem is Gbagbo and his mercenaries. They must leave.

  • Comment number 5.

    The country has now drifted to a Tribal War and the side taken by the French and UN will make it worse. As the issue is mainly African OAU should be involved to stop the divide and rule policy of X Colonizers.

  • Comment number 6.

    there is still positive way out of this conflict in ivory coaast, let UN and France stop playing games and come clean to face each side of the conflict. One side is crying foul while the other is pleased. even if the power is giving to Ouattara and EU lift all sanctions and America come with her Aid with not solve the root cause of Ivory Coast's conflict.

  • Comment number 7.

    It is high time for Africans and the whole world to start respecting lives of local people instead of giving much respect to one Dictator, I will credit Ouattara if he is bold enough that he will leave power democratically in future, the incumbent's life can not bring back lives of many who have died, it is time for the Incumbent to leave and it is difficult to predict results of African leaders.Only we hope for Peace, Unity and Democracy during Ouattara's rule.

  • Comment number 8.

    The solution is simple and the West knows what exactly to do but they are waiting for more killings before they will come up with the solution. The whole world agreed that crazy Gbagbo lost the election so what are they waiting for?Ouattara's men should just wipe Gbagbo like he has never existed. he is any way a shame to humanity, more so Africans.[Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 9.

    So what did the people of Ivory Coast did wrong? Their woes are that, they have been given the power to elect their own president. Let's be wise as Leaders and Africans and know that no position or leadership is permanent. Lets all unite to free the people of Ivory Coast from this slaughter...It is enough. God bless Ivory Coast, God bless Africa

  • Comment number 10.

    Life will pick up in Abidjan now that this bunch of greedy individuals have been stopped. The Ivorians who voted for Gbagbo will be re-educated in much the same way the Germans were after the demise of Hitler. The UN should be for once congratulated for the outstanding work carried out in upholding democracy in Africa and preventing another Rwanda!


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