Death toll in Ivorian political crisis now 12, says Ouattara group

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - A communique issued by the Rally of the Houphouétistes for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), a coalition of the opposition parties in Cote d'Ivoire, has reported 12 dead following clashes between forces local to both Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo.

For the second time in four days, the two forces clashed Thursday as the pro-Gbagbo soldiers tried to stop those loyal to Ouattara from marching on to the Television Station to install its new officials. The first clashes were reported Monday as troops loyal to Gbagbo tried to storm the hotel where Ouattara is operating from.

Trouble started in Cote d'Ivoire after the Constitutional Council quashed the result of the 28 November presidential run-off vote which was given to Ouattara by the Independent Election Commission (CEI). The Council, instead, returned Gbagbo winner of the election but the international community is insisting that the CEI result must stay, urging Gbagbo to give up power.

Gbagbo is clinging to power and has gone to name a government. Ouattara has also named his government and plans to install Prime Minister Guillaume Soro into his office on Friday, a move analysts said would cause another confrontation.

Heavy shooting was reported Thursday near Ouattara's hotel room base and three people were reportedly killed when his supporters were blocked from storming the television station.

"Twelve killed, several injured and trouble every where across Abidjan. This is the security situation established at 10am local time Thursday," said Soro's office, which gave the details as six deaths in Abobo, four in Adjamé, one in  Yopougon, and one in Treicheville.
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16 december 2010 15:58:43

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