Gbagbo, Ouattara forces confront each other in Cote d'Ivoire

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Forces loyal to both Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara on Monday confronted each other after the Gbagbo troops attacked a hotel in Abidjan where Ouattara is operating from, according to reports emanating from the Ivorian capital, Tuesday.

According to the reports, "the hotel came under attack by elements of the loyalist army Monday morning, but they were very quickly beaten back by elements of the Forces nouvelles (former rebels)."

Ouattara, named winner of the 28 November presidential run-off by the Independent Election Commission (CEI), is backed by the international community.

Twenty-four hours after he was named winner, the Constitutional Court quashed that result and returned incumbent Gbagbo winner.

The council's decision sparked criticism from the international community which has called on Gbagbo to cede power unconditionally.

Gbagbo has refused to heed the advice and went ahead to name a new government. Ouattara has also named his government as both "presidents" have refused to yield grounds.

Meanwhile, Ouattara's Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro, has fixed a meeting of the council of government on Friday at the Primature, located at the Plateau, sources close to Ouattara team told PANA.

According to the sources, Soro has also indicated that the Ouattara government would Thursday appoint a new director for the Ivorian Radio Television (RTI), in the person of Mr. Pascal Brou Aka, a former journalist with the organization.

Analysts believe that the current post-electoral crisis will affect the country’s economy and make the payment of December salaries of civil servants uncertain.
-0- PANA GB/JSG/MTD/VAO 14Dec2010

14 december 2010 14:29:52

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