Ouattara promises sanctions against perpetrators of political crimes

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Ivorian president Alassane Dramane Ouattara on Friday in Dakar vowed to penalise all those who perpetrated political crimes during the post-electoral crisis.

Speaking in a press conference just before he flew back home from Dakar after a two-day visit he said Cote d'Ivoire was an exemplary country of rule of law and that all those who perpetrated crimes must be penalised without exception.

“The period of crisis has been very tough for all of us, for both Ivorians and the nationals from other countries,” president Ouattara said.

Many mass graves have been found and various international organisations are investigating the atrocities.

Speaking on his election as Ivorian president, he highlighted that it is not "a revenge on Ivorite", saying he was elected by all Ivorians.

He reaffirmed his determination to work for national interest to return stability to Ivory Coast and reconcile Ivorians.

President Ouattara, speaking about his relations with Ivorian Prime minister Guillaume Soro, also minister of Defence, said he was satisfied with his performance.

He said he was not aware of the death of the “Young Patriots” leader, Charles Blé Goudé.

He expressed regret about the death of sergeant Ibrahim Coulibaly, alias IB, a militia leader, vowing an investigation to determine the exact circumstances of his death.
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13 Maio 2011 21:43:06




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