Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ouattara attempts to stabilize Ivory Coast

The president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, on Friday ordered the soldiers from all parts of the African country to return to their barracks in an effort to restore stability in the country. Ouattara came to power after a disputed election, and after his opponent Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to leave the government, was arrested last week.

"As commander in chief of the armed forces, ordered all combat units to withdraw to their barracks and bases of origin, either in North or South, that is the order of the generals Ouattara senior throughout the country. "Combat units should return to their barracks and the law and order will be maintained by the police and security officers," he announced.

Experts from the Central Bank of West Africa States (BCEAO, for its acronym in English) visited the Ivory Coast to study when restoring the banking system and France has announced it would send medical supplies for the recovery of the population after fighting held in recent months in the country.

After months of diplomatic efforts were not successful, supporters of Ouattara forces, consisting mainly of rebels who controlled the north since 2003, entered by force in Abidjan in late March, but were stuck for days in fighting against the troops Gbagbo loyalists. The victory came thanks to French helicopters and UN weapons destroyed the fort Gbagbo, allowing Quattro forces take the complex where the former president defended himself and managed to arrest him.

However, Quattro struggle to keep their forces together, in addition to neutralizing the pro-Gbagbo militants who maintain a stiff resistance in the neighborhood of Yopougon in Abidjan, where for the last week has seen intense fighting.

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