Ivorian musician urges Gbagbo to quit honorably

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ivorian reggae star, Tiken Jah Fakoly, has called on the incumbent Ivorian president, Laurent Gbabgo, to choose an honourable exit in an effort to secure peace in the country.

He was speaking on the first national television channel (RTS1) as part of the World Festival of Black Arts (Fesman) which ends Friday in Dakar, Senegal.

The Ivorian musician said he was saddened by the crisis because "all Ivorians believe that with these elections they could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, so much so that the second round of the election got off to a good start".

He also called on all political authorities in Côte d’Ivoire and the international community to be reasonable to avoid a civil war in the West nation "which is going through a political crisis since the proclamation of the results of the second round of the presidential elections between Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara.

The Ivorian artist, who is currently living in Mali, maintains that if the situation was left to continue, it could degenerate to “coup”, tantamount to the collapse of democracy in Africa.

Tiken Jah recalled, however, that although it was "Gbagbo who taught Ivorians to come to terms with democracy", no member of his camp would tell you the truth.

He called on Gbagbo to listen to the international community and hand over power peacefully.

31 december 2010 19:33:14

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