Ouattara announces measures to normalise situation in Abidjan

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Alassane Ouattara, man recognised by the international community as winner of last year's controversial presidential elections, on Thursday announced several measures aimed at the normalisation of activities in the economic capital, Abidjan.

In an address to the nation, Mr Ouattara said he had ordered his government to take measures to keep law and order and security for goods and people in the city, which has seen a week of heavy fighting between his Republican Forces of Ivory Coast (FRCI) and forces loyal to is rival,  incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo.

Other measures announced by Mr Ouattara to improve the condition of residents of the city holed up in their houses without water, electricity and food include the distribution of food and the immediate repair of damaged water and electricity network.

He also ordered the reopening of the national agency for the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) closed since February, payment of March salaries, reduction of the curfew hours and lifting of European Union sanctions against Ivorian economic entities.

In another development, Mr Ouattara announced a blockade around the perimeter of the presidential residence where Gbagbo and his close staff are believed to be staying to secure the inhabitants of Cocody-Ambassades district.

Mr Ouattara called on Ivorians to get together around the values of friendship and peace.

After a week of heavy fighting, his FRCI backed by the French force, Lincorne and UN peacekeepers, ONUCI, have compelled  Gbagbo to remain in the bunker of the presidential residence.
-0- PANA BAL/TBM/MSA/MA 7April2011

07 april 2011 22:55:23

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