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What options for Ivory Coast?

Africa HYS team | 12:40 UK time, Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The crisis in Ivory Coast appears to be deepening as international pressure mounts on Laurent Gbagbo to cede power.

Thabo Mbeki

 

Both Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ouattara have laid claim to the Presidency and both men have now named separate cabinets.

The Ivorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry say goods such as meat and fish are running short and many warehouses have been closed due to security fears.

The former South African President Thabo Mbeki left the country after two days of talks failed to bring a solution, and as tensions mount, the UN is moving non-essential staff out of the country.

Several international lenders including the EU have threatened to pull the plug on the country if a solution is not found soon.

As West Africa's regional body Ecowas holds crisis talks in Nigeria, we ask what are the options for Ivory Coast?

Are you affected by the unfolding events there?  Is a power sharing government inevitable?

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  • Comment number 1.


    As far as I can remember in the history of our modern world, all the international agencies which are now supporting Mr. Ouattara and pressuring Mr. Gbagbo to cede power have never actually fostered peace, democracy or genuine development in Africa. They are merely expressing their preference for the man who can better represent western interests, unconditionally and at the expense of the people of Ivory Coast.

    What are their fruit ?

    Mr. Ouatara was one of the Directors of the IMF (dubbed Instant Misery Fund)during the infamous period of Structural Adfjustment Plans that were shamefully imposed on African countries to furthwer misery.

    Mr. Ouattara has always worked with the rebels that have divided IC for eight years now. That's why he has hastened to appoint their leader Soro as PM

    France is very unhappy that its neocolonial projects for Ivory Coast can never be imoplemented if Mr. Gbagbo is still president ( and he will remain so)

    America is desperately targetting oil ressources in IC and Ghana

    The UN supervised and encouraged the colonization and exploitation of Africa

    The African Union is made up mostly of old unpopular dictators who are intimidated by somebody like Gbagbo

    When elections soft canditates support by Westrern powers get elected through elction rigging in Africa or Asia, these very people who are urging Mr. Gbagbo to abandon the call of his people would either remain eloquently silent or have their "impartial, neutral and objective" international "observers" say that there "were some minor irregularities, but not enough to influence the overall outcome" and blabla.

    The French may send their army to kill more young ivorians like they did while helping the rebels in 2002, or those western leaders may shout till the blue of their face, but the world is changing and the leaks are here to illustrate that power shift will slap all them in the face


  • Comment number 2.

    I think the world should simply insist that Mr Gbagbo hands over power to the legitimate winner. The strategy of African leaders hanging on to power even after lossing elections should be completely discouraged else it will become a habit. We should not forget that the same happened in Kenya in 2007 and in Zimbabwe in 2009. The lossers will hang on knowing that they can negotiate and form a coallition after all.

  • Comment number 3.

    Now there's a surprise - that an African ruler places his own personal interests above the clear wishes of his people. But not that the "international community" will find anything remotely unacceptable about this. As happened in Kenya and Zimbabwe, Mbeki will no doubt propose a "unity government" - in other words, a reward for the candidate who defied his people's stated wishes. Which is clearly what Mr Gbabo is holding out for.

    But we must look beyond these so-called "elections" if Africa is ever to achieve economic development - and begin to ask the key question: what, precisely, follows these elections in terms of policy decisions? How would they be implemented? Where are the institutions/infrastructure for translating them into concrete results? And how would these results be measured?

  • Comment number 4.

    Ivorians are welcome to Liberia and I urge the Liberian Government to open its borders to the Ivorians refugees because they open their arms to us the Liberians when we were in trouble in the early 90s.

    I was heart broken when i heard yesterday from a friend that the Liberian Government closed its borders to our Ivorian brothers and sisters.

  • Comment number 5.

    It is sad to find Ivory Coast fall into this unfortunate situation. I think the presidential election for the two frontrunners must be held again, and this time the referee (electoral commission) should the the United Nations. Before the election is held the candidates should be made to undertake that they would accept the results no matter who wins. I believe that this would work just because the would be run by the United Nations and not the Ivorian Electoral Commission.

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  • Comment number 7.

    My dear brothers and sisters,
    Here is my comment, The AU, White House; ECOWAS all have condemned Gbago’s action. We all should rise up as individual countries in Africa and say no Gbago. We don’t want any negotiation of power sharing. In fact this act is coup. He high jacked the election and the will of the people. Let us let Gbago know that any single drop of blood in that country he will be responsible. I strongly believe that with more international pressure he will surely step aside for Allasan.
    I close my comment by calling on ICC to monitored situation closely in that country.
    Thank you all

  • Comment number 8.

    Forget about Ecowas because it is just the west African version of the toothless African Union. They will never ask Gbagbo to resign because he is one of their own and will never respect the will of the people. No one should be surprised if they start talking of power sharing which has become the trend in Africa after elections have been rigged. I dont think any peace-loving country should proceed with any diplomatic relations with Ivory Coast until Gbagbo resigns to allow the will of the people to prevail. The foolish trend of power sharing after rigged elections like it happened in my country Kenya and also Zimbabwe must stop.

    Congratulations your Excellency President Ouattara. In the words of Chinua Achebe from ' No Longer at Ease'; May you steer Ivory Coast to join the comity of other nations in the March towards political irredentism, social equality and economic emancipation. Best of luck.

  • Comment number 9.

    It is clear that this time not even a power sharing governmemt will triumph in Ivory Coast but that as the whole world is with the opposition leader, he must and is the true leader of Ivory Coast.Am very happy the way the world- US,IMF,France,Belgium UN, AU etc have responded clearly.I believe if they continue like this,that will improve African democracy especially in countries where leaders monopolise power by constantly changing constitutions. Please do same with Lybia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea,Tchad etc. Please help the poor Africans and UN should monitor all African elections from registration to the results to save money instead of allowing chaos where you shall spend billons for peacekeeping and humanitarian activities.21st century Africa must change like Botswana, Guinea.Thanks for BBC daily and close reports on Africa

  • Comment number 10.

    Mr Gbagbo is being very unwise into clinging to power against the will of the popular masses. He has been ruling only half of his country for the past 10 years and surely sees that his country was, is and will remain fragmented as long as he remains president of Ivory Cost.ECOWAS should organize and throw him out militarily... He does not understand the language of negotiations and common sense. To him,power is sweeter than the lives of many Ivorian that are already at risk.

  • Comment number 11.

    Power-sharing in Ivory Coast would simply encourage more African leaders to do the same to sit tight in power. The wishes of the people need to be encouraged to stand in this case to forestall others in future.

  • Comment number 12.

    This power sharing mantra is gradually gaining roots in Africa, providing an excuse for incumbents to hold onto power after losing credible elections. Soon, the continent would be thinking of national elections only as prelude to power sharing. AU and ECOWAS must be strict on implementing the sanctions regime to serve as a deterrent to would-be perpetrators. After postponing elections six times and serving an illegal 5-year term, Mr Laurent Gbagbo should understand that his mandate to rule the people has died down, whether he likes it or not.

  • Comment number 13.

    I wounder when Africa as a continent will say fare-well to political chaos and conflict, by now Africans should have learned a lot from colonial masters, playing politics without violating human right and lost of lives.In the issue of Ivory coast, i think the decision of the electoral body should be highly respected regarding to free and fair election in accordance to principles of democracy, the international community should not grant power sharing in this aspect,is time to say NO to dictatorship, i stand by Justis.

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  • Comment number 15.

    Election has stage and won by legimate WINNER ALASSAN OUATTARA and he should allow to take the mantle of the leadership no any negotiation about that,i based here in abidjan ,Ivory Coast and most every one here deosnt want gbagbo anymore cos he has failed them,to avoid what is looming here in Ivory Coast and gbagdo must step down,since 3rd of december nothing is moving every place lockup.We need peace and that is not an option,Leonard from Ivory Coast

  • Comment number 16.

    All Africans whether base in Ivory Coast or not are affected by such a bad faith of gorvenance. ITs once more a big shock and slap in the face of Africans as each year stories on the violation of democracy keep coming up.
    The question whether "Power sharing government inevitable" should not even come up now, there should be nothing like sharing Goverment, Its clear in the eyes of the world that the opposition is soppose to lead the Ivory Coast now. If we keep on talking about Sharing Gorvernance, any time there is ellection, then incombents will keep taking advantage. Examples of Power sharing that does not seem to have a head-way is in Zimbabwe and I think the only best solution for Ivory Coast now is to Intensify presure on the incombent.
    I wish to salut the UN, AU, ECOWAS, ADB, EU etc who have so far showed much interest in the right direction and wish that presure continues in all dimensions.
    Its time incombents in Africa be given a tough lesson and I am sure they are learning a lesson.

  • Comment number 17.

    I can't believe some people in the picture actually laugh! Power really seems to be a drug to human beings...it makes them greedier, more selfish and desperately separate from humanity and from...intelligence...
    how sad!

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  • Comment number 19.

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RULE OF LAW?
    In the United States Al Gor won the elections but the supreme court and the electoral court selected George Bush as President.
    Now to the Ivory Coast , where there is evidence of voter intimidation and fraud during polling day in parts of the North and based on that evidence the constitutional council which is the final determinant in naming the president after the results have been submitted by the electoral commission declares Laurent Gbagbo as the president of Ivory Coast. ECOWAS,the AU and the International community should respect the rule of law and accept Laurent Gbagbo as the president. Having recently driven my four wheel drive through rebel held territory in Ivory Coast by way of Bamako, Mali, I can ascertain for a fact that the rebel territory is a no man's land where there are so many checkpoints each demanding a fee before you pass through. So let us accept the legal ruling that proclaimed Gbagbo as president as the Americans accepted George Bush over Al Gore. This is the only constitutional way out of the crisis in Ivory Coast. Remember Ivory Coast is the 2nd richest coutry in West Africa despite all its turmoil .

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  • Comment number 21.

    Here we go again, when do these moron African leaders get it? It is about time to just shoot guys like this. When a leader loses at a ballot and tries to hold to power; it should be justify international community to send a mercenary and take him out. As an African, I am sick and tired of hearing about dictators holding to power. This is 21 Century and they still try to rule like medieval era. Mr. Gbagbo, your people have rejected you, just move on. You should feel ashamed for the sake millions of people who suffer because of you. It is sad.

  • Comment number 22.

    Ivory Coast!

    It is true that it has been a tradition in Africa for some African incumbent presidents to always be re-elected against the wish of the people, but in Ivory Coast it is a different “ball game” La Cote d’Ivoire has been passing through series of problems from the rebels, some group of individual from northern side that practice a particular religion that took violence as the dignity of their believe, I knew that a lot of wise people has understand what I am saying. I am very disappointed with Brack Obama, Nicholas Sakozy and the so called united nations, for crying it loud this country has been in war since 19th September 2002, all this so called international communities are there but they can not put stop to that problem with their so claim authorities, and the cause of this war and the head of the rebellion that cost the death of so many inocent Ivorians is the same person that the so called international communities declared the winner against the wish of the people of Cote d’Ivoire.

    I suggest that UN and the international community should caution Obama and Sakozy to stop given orders to a sovereign Country like Cote d’Ivoire, they should respect the law of Africa country and stop commanding us as if we are still their slaves, how can a president of a country can tell an elected president of country like him to get out of his office, this is an abuse of power or privilege, they should know that we are no longer in the colonial days. In this case I suggest that the African Union should check if their is any a problem at the voting office in the northern side as the constitution council said, and if there is such thing there I believe that the constitution has every right to nullify the election in such region, I don’t see any reason why the UN should believe the result of the Electoral commission without investigating what the constitutional conference claimed, whether they are saying the truth or not, they should be careful before the lead this reckless and violence muslims to kill innocent citizens of Cote d’Ivoire.

    The UN and the international communities should understand that they are supporting “Treason” and it is a very big crime in the court of justice, now to be more precisely, how can an electoral commission declare a result of a presidential election of a whole country in a hotel after failing the mandate given by the constitution? Why did they leave their office headquarters? “This is a complete coup by the France and they have succeeded in deceiving a lot international communities including some our African brothers and sister against our own Africa neighbour country, My fellow Africans you have to wake up and say No to French Superiority to African countries, France wanted to hold all the Africa country that they colonised as their slave and source of income, but Mr Laurent Gbagbo, the only elected president of Cote d’Ivoire has said a capital “NO” to this colonial masters. And I am calling all African the citizens to support our fellow African French countries to fight for their total freedom from the hands of the white people, don’t be deceive by what they may say!

    May be you don’t know that most of the resource from this African French countries like Guinea, Gabon, Niger and many others even Cote d’Ivoire goes to the treasury of France, what a rubbish, how can an independent country in Africa be paying tribute to a white man and many people are supporting them, are we not killing our own Africa? Is time we say No to all this rubbish. The truth is that France what to take hold the Economy of Cote d’Ivoire and Gbagbo has stop them and they want to remove him at all cost, that was why they plan all this film to gain the support of ignorance people by saying that the opposition has won, because people can believe easily that Mr Gbagbo has used his power of incumbency to re-elecct himself which is common in some other African country, but it is all their game plan because people will buy their story and believe that it is true and that has made them to gain a lot of support from other international bodies, but now that you have known the truth, stand up and say no to the FRANCE, UN, USA and INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES, they are all control by the same white people, they want all the French Africa countries to remain their servant forever that is the whole truth, the bible said it is only the truth that can set us free.

    So please let us work together and defend our integrity as sovereign states that its law and constitution must be respected. Cote d’Ivoire has their constitution and President Gbagbo is acting according to the constitution of his country and the people of Cote d’Ivoire is very proud of him forget about the film the UN and FRANCE are doing at a hotel, and the constitution of the country is the supreme to any other command or suggestion, it is ill negotiable and authentic, so the UN and other international body should respect the constitution of this country which I believe should be their first priority as a peace keeping media. I greet you all

  • Comment number 23.

    for the intrest of peace in ivory coast the elections in the zone were there's problem should be retaken or the two leaders should be made to leave the country by the UN so that new election will be organise for the young politicians

  • Comment number 24.

    Yes Gbagbo the World is changing your people have spoken, whatever Mr. Ouattara is, your people chose him to lead them.That is the beauty of Democracy, you must then leave or be forced to leave please come to terms with that. I agree with ECOWAS no negotiated power

  • Comment number 25.

    The Ivory coast case is a test for the international community:does the international community want to promote real democracy,rule of Law or does it want to promote rebellion and rule of jungle in Africa?If the international community really favors democracy and rule of law it should welcome and respect the decision of the Ivorian Institutional commission which is the only body to proclaim the final result of this election as prescribed by the Ivorian Constitution.The role of the international community should be to refer to the Law of the land and be objective.Personally I see a bias not only against the winner proclaimed by the Ivorian Institutional commission,but also against the people of the Ivory Coast and their Constitution.The international community should use this case to promote true democracy and the rule of Law in Africa.The other way around will be a huge prejudice to Africa and the promotion rebellion and the rule of the jungle.Gbagbo is clearly the winner if the rule of Law is the rule as Bush has been the winner in the 2000 general election in the USA.In 2000 everybody applauded the rule of Law in USA and why not applaud the same rule in the Ivory Coast today?

  • Comment number 26.

    MR.Gabagbo need to step down and allow the will of the people.I'm sick of African head of states, because president allow the next president to take office after election so MR. GABAGBO BOW WOW!!!!DOWN FOR ALL IVIORIANS.you been in power for ten years what so ever you was to do for the iviorian people you did already let go of power pls.

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  • Comment number 29.

    For how long are we going to suffer because of the direct and indirect interferences of the Neo-Liberals/Neo-Colonials with the addition of our own problem?

    The problem in IC is a problem to all Africans, so what I would say in general is first a solution should come from the two contending personalities and then from their African brothers. It is only then a peaceful, long lasting solution can come. Otherwise Africa is not/will not expecting any good, long lasting solution from our Neo-Liberalist/Colonialists, whether they have a hidden agenda or not, their solution is not in the interests of the country, the region at all.

    Here is my piece of advice to my/our dear brothers in Ivory-Cost, please think widely/wisely and consider what will follow, don’t do the mathematics in terms of your personal interest, but in the interest of the entire people of the country, the region as well and find an amicable solution to the power struggle you have started and save Africa as well as IC.

    Other African brother, be fast to try and find a solution for the problem, show to the world that Africans can and are potentially capable to find a solution to their problems.
    let the Almighty God help for that.

  • Comment number 30.

    i think mr gbagbo should pack his bag and go because he lose the election mr quattara should give the chance to rule as ask by his
    people to lead africa leaders this the time to call a goal a goal
    when we see what is bad we should say it bad instead to claim that
    it good my point mr gbagbo and his hard line advisers can still change
    their mind and accept the wish of ivory coast people in peace we new
    generation can not stand look this old brigades to come and kill people
    who dont know anything for the name of peace mr gbagbo must go this my own sugestion on this thanks you the world is looking

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  • Comment number 32.

    Cote d'Ivoire's population have been suffering for more than 10 years now as a result of 3 people willing to take power.

    For the international community looking for so called peace in Cote d'Ivoire, here is my recommendation to you and not dictating.
    2 - Recommands Both so called elected Presidents to retire as is Bedié.
    3 - A Civilian Prime Minister, not of any political party to form with a clear duty to immedialtely clear the unauthorised arms holders.
    5 - Organise Legislative election and so on.

    For the international community, the time has run out of your credibility since 1999, so to regain trust your partiality, equality, fairness will be under scrutinity.

    Regarding Election in Cote d'Ivoire, ONUCI with 10.000 heads was not able to cover the 20.000 voting area.
    From basic Math, one UN peace maker will have to cover 2 voting sites, how can that be possible.
    Total of voting site 20000
    UN and Observers 10000

  • Comment number 33.

    It is high time for the African elite to adhere to the fundamental principles with no excuses. The choices of the voters must be respected. Elections are regularly organized to bring about a winner and at the same time a loser. African politicians need to learn and practice magnanimity and accept loss gracefully. The principled stand by the AU and many member countries is encouraging. Africa cannot afford to give in to perverted political power and coax a "spoiled child". The Union should build a consensus and tighten the screws on the losers until they relinquish authority to the legitimately elected government. It should send an unequivocal message and even consider direct military intervention to remove those who are attempting to steal the wishes of the Ivorian people. Power-sharing is a dangerous precendent once it becomes a trend and I am sure the elite find it convinient regardless of the voters' choices.

  • Comment number 34.

    Actually I would say that it seems that there 2 kinds of democracy in the world: Westerners democracy and Third-world countries democracy.
    How can the international organization mislead by the French, proclaim who is president in Ivory Coast? By doing so, they encourage the rebellion, and incite people not to abide by the supreme law of their countries. It's sad to see the French backing the rebels and allowing such disorder in Ivory Coast. The French are using their international relationships to decide the outcome of the election. They have the gust to say that the Electoral Comity gave the results while over 3days period they were unable to reach a consensus.
    They acting for their own interest and Alassane the president of the Golf Hotel, is their main man for the situation.
    They've been fighting the incumbent president for 8 years without success.

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  • Comment number 39.

    The representative, of the UN in Ivory Coast, was supposed to certify the election, not to tell us the outcome. His mission was to supervise the election and tell the UN if the process in global was democratic and well conducted. He didn’t even go to the North of the country to see what happened there. The UN couldn’t protect the partisan of the incumbent president from being killed, raped and beaten during poll day in the North. They couldn’t disarm the rebels so the country could be reunified before the election. In sum, the UN failed in their mission and is trying to tears this poor country apart by stepping on the constitution and even has the audacity to proclaim the winner of a sovereign country election.

  • Comment number 40.

    Gbagbo should realize that Ivory Coast is not his personal property. He has lost the election and we need him to go honourably, or else the barrel of the gun will be use to kick his black ASS out of power. He has put on the animal skin and we should shred that skin out of this power hungry fool in the continent. He must be really stupid to think that there is going to be a power sharing deal in this situation. Ouattara should not yield to any stupid power sharing deal. He, Ouattara, is the legitimate President of the Ivory Coast.

  • Comment number 41.

    the constitutional court has it right to determine the winner as well, if mr.Gbarbo refuses to stepdown is because the people and leaders of the country have also spoken and declaring him winner as well. so it is not the International community and US,UN, and France also have to consider and respect the constitution of the country as well. this is not an issue to pressurized mr. Gbarbo to step down, it will not solve the problem but rather intensified criminal activities in the country. the first thing to always remember about the country is that the both leaders where in conflit that seperated the nation into two, Alassane did not completely disarm his fighters before running for eletion which ofcourse give Gbarbo the beliefs that he has been pressurized by the people to accept the election. It is absolutely wrong to have rebels in arms in the country and accept election to go on. that was the first mistake that the International Community did not realised, why should rebels be in the country with arms and also asking the President to accept the election to take place? it was wrong. So I beleave the best way is to ask Mr.Alassane to agree with the constitional court decissions and allow mr. Gbrabo to run for his third term, this will also show an example for those planning to rebels leaders to not have power or will know that they have to completely be disarm before running for any election. If the International Community decided to put pressure on mr.Gbarbo it will be like wasting gas on your car while passengers are on bole.

  • Comment number 42.

    Just because options are limited doesnt mean that Ivorians should settle for the farce that is a power sharing government.Learn from Zimbabwe. Power sharing = postponing the inevitable. The voice of the people must prevail. C.I. and Africa cannot continue to entertain such behavior. Our leaders need to learn to step down peacefully.

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  • Comment number 45.

    No OPTION!!. Mr Gbagbo, must resign!! to save the country from war.This uncooperative attitude from so called African leaders must be condemn in all it forms. This is an insult to democracy.

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  • Comment number 48.

    It often stands to reason; that our natural instinct of political directions was not principally centered on evil thoughts against education and creed.
    "Desire may some times tend to eclypse "wishes" within the scope of a juicy- succulent-sapp-of-necter.
    "Africa-union" unlike the previous "OAU" seems to increase the "relivance-factor" by promptly correcting some common/minor political incidents.
    The awarenes potencial of the general public seems to be the key to our new era politics.

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  • Comment number 50.

    well in my views, African leaders do not want change in power.Mr Gbagbo should step down and accept the fact that Mr Ouattar is the president of ivory coast in other to avoid problems between the both parties.

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  • Comment number 52.

    I really don't blame Mr Gbago for his actions.If Mr Ouatar feels that life is in his favor because he has the support of the international community, let him ask Mr Taylor what his fate is today.How possible is it for Mr Gbago to win in the north when he did not campaign there?

  • Comment number 53.

    The can have a new election supervised by the International Community.

  • Comment number 54.

    What is Mr Gbagbo thinking? After 10 years in office,cant"t he accept defeat and contribute to the development of the country in other ways? I am happy that the idea of military takeovers is dwindling in Africa.I fully support the view of the President of Botswana that the idea of Power sharing by the looser and winner of an election should be discouraged.Secondly,those responsible for any human right violation should be drastically dealt with.Tribalism and regionalism should be put to the back burner if dmocracy should see the light of the day in FFRICA.

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  • Comment number 56.


    I join others to appeal to the embattled president-Gbargbo of the Ivory Coast to listen and step-aside to avoid further bloodshed.

    He should be reminded that if crimes against humanity is committed by his men, he will bear the greatest responsibilities, charged and will be a best candidate for ICC at the Hague.

    There is no more room for power-sharing government in Africa. Therefore, we denounced the imagination of such process from any mediating group or person/s. This process was a nightmare in Liberia with the six men council.Today the same process is not helping with Kenya situation and the likes.

  • Comment number 57.

    What amaze me in the Ivory´s mater is that the West African governing body are choosing military intervention as an option to solve the problem in that country. I am confuse about who to believe as the real winner. The acting President is asking for a recount and refuse to step down. One mistake people are making is accusing the West or France of Neocolonialism, i think it is rather about lobbies and interest. One thing that remain clear is all parties of interest in this matter will gain nothing from any innocent bloodshed. I do not know who really won the election, maybe wikileaks will reveal the answer in times to come. God bless the Ivory Coast.

  • Comment number 58.

    Rerunning the election, either in zones where there were alleged fraud or in full, appears to me the only way out of the stalemate. This time the international community would not play the role of election observers but rather the organizers themselves, with the collaboration of reps of the two candidates. There would be full international peace enforcement personnel at the rebel held zones to ensure there is credibility of the electoral outcome, as it is obvious that this was not factored in the second round of elections. It would appear expensive, but the fact remains that, it would be much cheaper than the conflict that would ensue the use of force to overthrow the Gbabbo administration.

  • Comment number 59.

    The records should be set straight,Mr Gbagbo lost and need to be kicked out immediately.All Africans who believe in the rule of law should rise up and fight for Gbagbo to go .We must not forget that there are many elections in Africa this year and next year and if Gbagbo is not kicked out others will stay in power even though he has lost.

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