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A friend of Laurent Gbagbo speaks to PM

Eddie Mair | 14:05 UK time, Wednesday, 6 April 2011

I've just recorded an interview with Abdon George Bayeto, the UK representative for the Ivorian Popular Front, the party of Laurent Gbagbo. He describes himself as a friend of Mr Gbagbo who is, as I write, reportedly coming under assault at the Presidential Palace in Ivory Coast.

You'll hear an edited version of what follows, in PM tonight.

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  • Comment number 1.

    First Eddie, Let me tell you that Addon George Bayeto is not Lauren Gbagbo's friend. My company in Ivory coast was going to invest $100.000 this year in Ivory Coast in the ICT sectors, unfortunately this will not now happen. I am Senegalese London Based Entrepreneur here in the UK and I remember as a child how Ivory Coast was a prosper country, even competing with Senegal.
    Lauren Gbagbo has many imaginary acquaintances like Addon whom unfortunately have never told him the truth. Mr Bayeto is here in London whilst millions of his own people are dying. I think if Lauren Gbagbo was my friend, I will ask him to leave office for the sake of his people.

    More on me on twitter @mjamme



  • Comment number 2.

    "whilst millions of his own people are dying"
    Millions? I don't think so.

  • Comment number 3.

    I'm probably on the wrong blog, but I'm commenting on the 'Social Mobility' topic discussed on April 9th with a yorkshire schoolteacher. I fail to see why 'bright pupils' regardless of social background should be considered as under-aspiring because their natural occupational choice does not require a university education.
    Why should a hairdresser or many other non-graduate occupations be considered as somehow 'lesser occupations' . There appears to be regrettable lack of genuinely impartial careers guidance available to pupils in secondary education and I suspect that many practically inclined pupils - bright or otherwise - feel they are failures because they do not conform to the: 'Go to our 6th form then university' ethos which exists in many schools. If pupils are encouraged to develop their occupational preferences naturally, and they have access to accurate information and unbiased advice, they should see the relevance of education to their aspirations. Assuming this is done well then many will go to university, and more importantly they will know why.

  • Comment number 4.

    peter scott -

    Wrong blog or not - there's much truth in what you say.


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