Saturday, April 2, 2011

The outgoing president of the Ivory Coast, missing

The bay of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, has fled his home in the city of Abidjan is unknown at this time their whereabouts, as has assured the French public radio France's ambassador in the DR Congo, Jean-Marc Simon. The diplomat said that Gbagbo is neither at his residence or at the presidential palace.

On Friday, fighters loyal to President-elect, Alassane Ouattara Gbagbo attacked the residence in Abidjan. According to the French magazine "Jeune Afrique", Ouattara forces took control of the presidential palace where he found that Gbagbo, his wife and friends had left the scene. Alassane Ouattara was long a president without power.

The politician, who had been elected in the last presidential election, lived alone in the headquarters of the port city of Abidjan. Had the backing of the international community, but the army remained faithful to who until then had served as president, Laurent Gbagbo. However, the situation seems to have taken a radical turn.

Frei troops loyal to Ouattara, bringing together many former rebels of the civil war came to an end in 2003, have managed to gain control of many cities. A Daloa region, important as the area of cocoa plantations, we followed the capital, Yamoussoukro, and the port city of San Pedro, the largest cocoa exporting port in the world.

This development has caused major economic pillars of the country are under the command of Ouattara. In addition, most of the security forces have abandoned Gbagbo. The head of UNOCI Nations Mission, Choi Young Jin, said the Ivorian president only had the backing of the Republican Guard and its special units.

As he said, have dropped about 50,000 police and gendarmes. "Gbagbo's soldiers threw away their uniforms and weapons and fled," said a witness who works at the port of San Pedro. Police will also increasingly taking away the former president. In Abenguru in the east, Ouattara troops even were forced to threaten with weapons.

"They conquered the city without there being gunfire. They were not put in the way, no soldier Gbagbo," says Felix Koaku, cocoa planter. Gen. Michel Gueu, one of the commanders of Frei, confirmed this version does not help but notice her surprise. "Gbagbo's soldiers ran away. Some even joined our ranks." Without the control of exports of cocoa, Gbagbo had been no resources to pay its troops, and every defeat was growing pressure to seek a "honorable" of power.

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