'Ouattara’s duty as Ivorian President may be difficult'

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Cote d'Ivoire's world-acclaimed president-elect, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, may face huge difficulties to exercise his duty as president, political observers said here Monday.

"He has been indeed recognized as the winner but it will be very difficult for him to rule the country," said Adou Koffi, an Ivorian political analyst.

Pronounced Thursday by the African Union (AU) as the president-elect of Cote d'Ivoire, the question in everybody’s lips is "how will Ouattara take his districts at the presidential palace, in the Plateau, which is occupied for the time being, by his opponent, Laurent Gbagbo."

The political observers said this was the challenge he had to take up seriously, in view of the resistance put up last week by supporters of Gbagbo, who rejected the decisions of the AU panel on Ivorian crisis.

"We will firmly resist," the chairman of the ruling Ivorian People’s Front (FPI), Pascal Affi Nguessan, said Sunday in a press conference, even as the supporters of Gbagbo insisted that Ouattara will "never rule" Cote d'Ivoire.

The status quo still prevails in Cote d'Ivoire, where heavy fire works kept ringing Monday in Yopougon, a pro-Gbagbo district, especially around the residence of the army chief of staff, General Philippe Mangou, forcing populations in that district to stay indoors.
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14 march 2011 18:42:34

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