Ghanaian newspaper slams Ivorian leaders over crisis

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A Ghanaian newspaper has lashed out at Ivorian leaders for the post-election crisis that is threatening to split up the country and urged them to bury heir narrow political ambitions in the greater supreme interest of Ivorians and Africans.

“This is the only way forward to resolve the crisis,” the state-owned Graphic said in an editorial on Monday with the headline, “The will of the people must prevail” analysing the political turmoil in Ghana's western neighbour.

The newspaper said it was a sad commentary on the country’s political leaders that they had failed woefully to utilize the election to extricate the country from the quagmire in which it had been stuck for the past decade.

“It is important to state clearly that the unwillingness of the government of President Laurent Gbagbo to allow the independent electoral commission do its work of announcing the verdict of the people and respect the will of the people as corroborated by virtually all observers of the polls, has driven Cote d’Ivoire back the anarchy in which it found itself a decade ago.”

The Graphic said President Gbagbo, by getting the Constitutional Council to overturn the verdict of the Electoral Commission and proceeding swiftly to have himself sworn in, in flagrant disregard for the clear mandate of the Ivorian people, as well as appeals from Economic Community o Wrst African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and other members of the international community, had placed premium on clinging to power and damned the consequences.

“No one needs to look into the crustal ball to predict that the country is on he brink of a devastating explosion if something very urgent and appropriate is not done now to tackle the crisis.”

The newspaper appealed to Thabo Mbeki, former South African president and the African Union mediator and leaders of ECOWAS to “demonstrate in clear terms their abhorrence for short-changing the democratic process and strict abhorrence to their own protocols on democracy and good governance which frown on what the Ivorian leaders are doing now”.

“If need be and if flexibility towards finding a reasonable way out is not forthcoming, the necessary actions, including political, diplomatic, economic and other sanctions, should be brought to bear to
force the leaders to rethink.”

The Graphic said it was sad that after many painstaking efforts at consolidating the democratic system in the sub-region and improving the image and standing of Africa in the eyes of the international community that Africa was capable of managing its affairs, “Ivorian political leaders have engaged in this anti-democratic and counter-productive practice”.

Cote d'Ivoire has been thrown into turmoil after the Constitutional Council overturned the election results by Independent National Electoral Commission that gave victory to veteran opposition leader Alassane Ouattara and declared President Gbagbo as winner.
-0- PANA MA 8Dec2010

08 december 2010 20:34:27

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