Ivorian crisis still dominates Congolese newspapers

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, caused by the refusal of President Laurent Gbagbo to hand over power to Alassane Ouattara, acclaimed winner of the second round of the presidential election on 28 November, is still dominating Congolese papers this week.

"What happens today in Cote d’Ivoire is beyond belief, even if the mechanism of self-destruction of the country was predictable, with Gbagbo’s refusal to hand office to the legitimate President, Alassane Ouattara," wrote the pro-government daily, Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, which noted that "when madness takes over the higher political spheres of a country, there is no limit to violence.

"The Ivorians should find in themselves the necessary way out before it is too late. They should explore the way to achieving peace with the knowledge that extremism never leads to anything good. Moderation can solve the conflicts in that country," the paper reported.

The independent weekly, TAM-TAM d’Afrique, said "Everyone, without exception, must make Gbagbo realize that he must leave office before any meaningful discussion can be held," the weekly stated, adding that "apparently, only a military intervention could make Gbagbo yield after 10 years in office.

"If an elected President (Ouattara) does not take over in Cote d'Ivoire, why stop Abdoulaye Wade from running again in Senegal, even if he is over 90," according to an African diplomat in Brazzaville, quoted by TAM-TAM d’Afrique.

The weekly recalled that in 2003, the countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), with the support of the Organisation of Lusophone Countries and Nigeria, had reinstated the President of Sao Tomé and Principe, chased from office by a putsch.

"The situation in Cote d’Ivoire must serve as an eye opener for Africans to understand that democracy is a culture which finds its roots within the households and everyday life, through acceptability and criticism from the opposition," wrote the weekly La Griffe, close to the opposition.
-0- PANA MB/JSG/IBA/MTD/BOS 22Dec2010

22 december 2010 17:50:21




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