Ivory Coast

Close to civil war


Cote d’Ivoire seems to be moving closer to civil war as the levels of violence increase between supporters of ousted president Laurent Gbagbo and new President Alassane Ouatarra around the capital Abidjan.

In the past week several demonstrations, mainly by women, in support of Ouatara, the internationally recognised winner of the 28th November 2010 presidential election have been attacked. In one case up to seven women were shot dead by alleged militia supporting Laurent Gbagbo.

The international community, ECOWAS and the African Union have all condemned the violence but have been powerless to do anything. Their latest ploy is to stop funds getting through to Gbagbo who has already defaulted on salary payments to public servants and police.

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