Gbagbo consults Ivorians on peace process

Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian President -Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday kicked off a series of consultations on the restoration of peace to the West African nation plunged into politico-military crisis in September 2002 after an army mutiny.
He is expected to consult socio-professional groups, religious bodies, trade unions, female and youths organisations, as well as the "populations in large regions", an official source said in Abidjan, the capital.
President Gbagbo, who has used these popular consultations on several occasions since the 19 September 2002 coup attempt, announced in a nationwide address last 31 October his desire to dialogue with compatriots on the best way to end the crisis.
The Ivorian leader said he believes all the "proposals to get out of the crisis from outside have failed".
At the end of these consultations on 17 November, President Gbagbo is expected to address the nation on what he calls "a new framework to end the crisis".
Meanwhile, these consultations have already been denounced and rejected by the former ruling party, Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI), but Gbagbo has already secured the support of the Defence and Security Forces (FDS) hierarchy, who virtually paid allegiance to him through the army chief, Major General Philippe Mango.

07 november 2006 16:57:00




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