Guillaume Soro rallies Ivorians to revolt to install Ouattara

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Guillaume Soro, the Prime minister of the government of Alassane Ouattara, on Thursday called on Ivorians to take to the streets en mass to install Ouattara as president.

Speaking at a news conference in Dakar, he said Ivorians must find means to force incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, who the international community said lost the November 2010 elections to Ouattara, to step down.

“It is a matter of responsibility. We should do it for Africa. It is for the entire world. It is to restore the image of the continent,” Mr Soro told journalists.

He added that the revolt must consist of forcing Gbagbo to step down, so that Ivory Coast can pass to the rest of Africa the signal for democracy.

"A panel of heads of State has been mandated by the African Union (to look at the crisis); this is good. But as Laurent Gbagbo will refuse the solution its members will propose, we should not waste time. He went too far and turned back and will not accept what the panel will propose," Mr Soro said.

He said the stake of the Ivorian post-electoral crisis could not only be the  clash between Gbagbo and Ouattara, but it is about a choice that Africa must make between life terms, royalties or democracy.

"That election has been too fair for people not to know who won it. I am sad and worried to note that Laurent Gbagbo has not handed over power and that he makes a fool of Ivory Coast and the sub-region. Africa, our continent, cannot continue the present humiliating image. If we want democracy, Gbagbo must step down," he insisted.

Guillaume Soro, who arrived in Dakar on Wednesday evening, was received at the airport by Senegalese Prime minister, Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye before president Abdoulaye Wade granted him audience.
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