RDR ministers suspend activities in Ivorian cabinet

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The politburo of the opposition Rally of Republicans (RDR) headed by former Ivorian Prime minister Alassane Dramane Ouattara on Thursday suspend the participation of its seven ministers in cabinet sessions and the government of national reconciliation.
In a statement read to the PANA correspondent in Abidjan by RDR's spokesman Cisse Bakongo, the decision, which took immediate, follows a move announced ex-Ivorian rebel groups, now called the New Forces (NF).
"We took the decision at the end of a crisis meeting following an agreement with chairman Alassane Ouattara.
We feel that there is no room for us in a government that kills, rapes instead of guaranteeing the respect of human rights," Bakongo said.
Cisse, who co-ordinates the "G7" group composed of seven out of 10 parties signatories to the Linas-Marcoussis inter-Ivorian agreements, was among those who organised the abortive protest march Thursday.
The RDR decision following the shooting of more than 30 people by security forces ordered by the government to stop the demonstration, according to the organisers.
They accused government forces of crushing a "peaceful march" whose objective was to oblige the government to effectively implement the Marcoussis and Accra II agreement.
The communication unit at the Ivorian presidency put the death toll at three, including two policemen allegedly slaughtered in the Abobo high-density area, a suburb of Abidjan.

25 march 2004 20:23:00




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