Tension still high in Cote d'Ivoire

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Tension is still very high in Cote d’Ivoire since weekend's bloody clashes in Abidjan and some other towns in the country, PANA reported from here Tuesday.

The ever-bustling Street 12 in the Treichville community, known for intense commercial activities, looked like a dead town Tuesday.

The shops were closed and the streets deserted, except for groups of people here and there, discussing the ongoing political situation.

In the business district of Plateau, the situation is the same, especially in the commercial streets, where shops and stores were closed late in the morning.

Only the banks opened to pay the salaries of civil servants.

The government of outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo has urged civil servants to collect their February salaries in new banks, where new accounts have been opened for them after the closure of about 14 of the 20 banks operating in Cote d’Ivoire.

Ferocious battles took place Saturday in Koumassi and in some parts in Yopougon, as well as in the Abobo district in Abidjan, considered a stronghold of acclaimed president-elect, Alassane Ouattara.

Ivorian women joined the demonstrations Monday to demand the departure of the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (ONUCI).

Demonstrations resumed Tuesday morning at the Riviera 3, a district of the Cocody community, near the Golf Hotel, where Mr. Ouattara and his staff have been holed up since the second round of the presidential election of 28 November, for which he was declared winner by the Independent Electoral Commission and the international community.

Gbagbo is also claiming victory on the basis of the results of the Constitutional Council.

Observers expressed fear that the situation can lead to a civil war in Cote d’Ivoire.
-0- PANA GB/AAS/IBA/MTD/BOS 1March2011

01 march 2011 16:57:47

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