Ivory Coast's Gbagbo Won't Cede Power, Mediators Step In

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Supporters of Ivory Coast's internationally recognised leader Alassane Ouattara demonstrate on December 28, 2010 at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan. (ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty)

After months of controversy surrounding the election results in Ivory Coast, mediators from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), have been sent in to try and resolve the political crisis before it turns violent. Four leaders from the 15-nation ECOWAS talked with incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo yesterday, in hopes of convincing him to cede his presidency to Alassane Ouattara, who won the election last November. 

ECOWAS is expected to make a decision today on how to handle the impasse, and military action could be in the equation. John James, BBC reporter, brings the latest from the Ivorian capital of Abidjan. And Mamadou Diouf, director of the Institute of African studies at Columbia University, says he would like to see military action avoided, but believes it might be necessary. And if military action does happen, he says, you can expect it will be extremely bloody.


Mamadou Diouf and John James

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]


One of the speakers, Mr. James, noted that the Gbagbo was announced the winner by a sort of "kangaroo court." That so called mock court is actual the Supreme Court of the soverign nation of the Ivory Coast.

And in fact the country's (IC) constitution mandates the Supreme Court (SC) step in and make a decision based upon the election results from the different provinces when the Electoral Commission can not. Sound familiar.

The US was faced with the same problem in the wake of the Florida's farcical electionneering in Bush Gore 2000.

But more importantly, why aren't the substantive pieces being investigated and reported out. I keep hearing the same propagandized talking points.

Jan. 04 2011 09:45 AM

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