Pro-Gbagbo rally postponed sine die

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA)
– The leader of the pro-Gbagbo Young Patriots in Ivory Coast, Charles Blé Goudé, has postponed a rally he had planned for Wednesday in Abidjan, sources close to his movement told PANA on Tuesday.

“At the request of mediators who visit the country, we had to postpone our rally. They asked us to calm down…,” a close friend to Blé Goudé told PANA on phone.

Goudé, who is also minister of Youth and Employment in the government of embattled Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, had planned the rally of the Young Patriot as a show of strength and a determination “to defend the country’s institutions, dignity and sovereignty”.

The meeting was expected to be the beginning of a one-week mobilization and sensitisation campaign in the districts of Abidjan.

On Tuesday, three envoys from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) - president Boni Yaya of Benin, president Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone and president Pedro Pires of Cape Verde - visited Cote d'Ivoire as diplomatic efforts continued to seek an amicable end to the crisis threatening to tear up the country after the controversial 28 November presidential run-off election.

They met Gbagbo, Ouatara and the UN officials, but there are no details of their talks.

Whereas opposition leader Alassane Ouattara was proclaimed winner of the poll by the country’s independent electoral commission (CEI), incumbent president Gbagbo was proclaimed the winner by the constitutional council.
-0- PANA GB/TBM/SOC/MSA/MA 28Dec2010

28 december 2010 22:42:09

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