Friday, April 1, 2011

Open warfare in the economic capital of Ivory Coast

Abidjan .- The outgoing president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, has suffered in recent days and hours a string of defections, including that of Chief of Staff, as the forces of the legitimate winner of the last election, Alassane Ouattara, have started to gain positions. The Chief of the Defence and Security Forces (FDS), Philippe Mangou, went on Wednesday afternoon with his family to the South African ambassador's residence in Abidjan in search of refuge.

In case adds the top commander of the Gendarmerie, General Edouard Kassarat, who has also surrendered. Kassarat has disarmed in Hotel Golf has become a symbol of rebellion against Gbagbo because he has taken refuge for weeks Ouattara, reports African news agency APA. Golf around the hotel, and we are left with UN forces, according to sources contacted by APA and declared that Gbagbo's troops have left the area and lifted the blockade.

Throughout the time the siege lasted, Ouattara and his loyalists have had to leave the hotel through the heliport. However, some of these defectors have paid with their lives separated at the most critical of the regime that had supported and, for example, the generals and Dogbo DETO Leto Bruno Firmin, Commander of Land Forces and Republican Guard, respectively have been killed by their own subordinates after announcing his departure.

Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (Frei), also known as the Army Ouattara, have won seats in the last few days up to take symbolic locations as Gangoa, Gbagbo's hometown, or strategic and Yamoussoukro, the capital. On Thursday, clashes are taking place in Abidjan, the largest city in the African country where military forces have also been deployed in France.

The 'blue helmets' take control of the airport AbiyánLos 'blue helmets' in the United Nations Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) have taken control of the Abidjan airport, according to Reuters sources have informed the UN operation and a private security company. The source of the private security company, who asked not to be named, explained that the vehicles of the UN mission have been deployed at the airfield, where there is no presence of police or agents of the gendarmerie.

A source of UNOCI has also confirmed that the 'blue helmets' have taken control of the airport. "Yes, indeed. But we asked them to take control. The head of the Gendarmerie has surrendered, "he explained. Ouattara takes televisiónEl Tuesday, Ivorian public broadcasting (RTI) announced that day a speech to the nation's outgoing president.

But finally, the speech was postponed without explanation, and could occur on Thursday. Indeed, the RTI would have been one of the last triumphs of Ouattara, whose forces have taken control of the facility on Thursday afternoon, APA reports. Some analysts had pointed out that precisely the control of the media is making it possible to extend Gbagbo's departure from power, claimed by both internal opposition and by the international community.

EE. UU calls civilesEstados protect U.S. has demanded that the forces loyal to President-elect Coast d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, and troops of the outgoing president, Laurent Gbagbo, to implement containment and to protect civilians. "United States calls on all parties to exercise restraint and to turn the protection of civilians in their top priority, "said Assistant Secretary of State, Johnnie Carson.

Ban Ki Moon abandoneEl Gbagbo calls on UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Thursday asked the outgoing president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, to leave "immediately" the power and complete the transition to "legitimate authorities" , referring to Alassane Ouattara. Through a statement from his spokesperson, Ban expressed his "concern" about the violence in the African country after the second round of presidential elections held on 28 November.

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