Friday, April 29, 2011

FUTURE - Harder will be the path to reconciliation

Côte d'Ivoire has offered the world a unique example: that of a legitimate head of state elected by his constituents who is forced to couple his election victory in a military victory to finally govern. Govern, yes, that's the word, but govern what country? Govern an Ivory Coast devastated by instability for many years and which will leave a pernicious identity conflict.

This means that, if it became effective after the big parenthesis blood reopened for four months and we hope it closes soon and forever, the power Ouattara will be another war to win: that of national reconciliation , which is by far the hardest to take. Why reconciliation Ivorians Will it imperative after serious disturbances in recent weeks? Because it will affect and concern one of the key links in the chain of stability in the country, namely the armed forces, police and gendarmerie.

From experience, countries in post-conflict period always inherit on this specific plan, a catch-all that could explode at any moment. It is in perpetual conflict of interests of the military career, retired or not involved in militia, of "career" too, but "hero" to claim that high do not hesitate at the slightest false note in give in the mutiny.

But since the ousting in 1999 of President Henri Konan Bedie by the military and also since the failed coup of 2002, the great silent in Côte d'Ivoire is in a delicate phase of recovery. We agree, current events are not made to expedite this process. For this reason, the task of Alassane Ouattara will not be easy.

Of course, on the diplomatic front, the country quickly regain its place in African and international bodies. But domestically, it will take much imagination Alassane Ouattara to leave the trap that has stretched maliciously Laurent Gbagbo. This trap is the one that the elected president was forced to resort to the former New Forces to take power he had won at the polls.

We do not measure enough, the army and civil administration could have all the Ivorian trouble to overcome the divisions inherited from years of conflicts of identity.

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