Monday, April 4, 2011

The pros say Ouattara Gbagbo has suffered a crushing defeat

Surely it will take time until the world knows the reality of what is happening these days in Ivory Coast, where violence after the elections of November 2010 has worsened. Fighting between supporters of Alassane Ouattara, whom the international community recognizes as the winner of the presidential election and those loyal to outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to relinquish power, and have claimed countless victims.

Since last Thursday, the fiercest battles have been fought on two points. On the one hand, Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, where after four days of blitzkrieg warplanes for Ouattara launched an attack to try to take control of which is one of the last bastions of Gbagbo. Among the objectives, the palace and the presidential residence.

The battle has continued with intense fire from heavy weapons near the last bastions of the outgoing president. Ouattara's government has extended until Monday a curfew imposed since Thursday afternoon in Abidjan. He has also appealed for citizens to meet with him, while he has appealed for calm and serenity.

The call for those of Ouattara 'Operation Restoration of Peace and Democracy in Ivory Coast' keeps the deserted streets of Abidjan. The outgoing President Gbagbo said that their positions were attacked "by hordes of mercenaries, supported by troops from the UN Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and French Operation Licorne." Alain Toussaint, a man close to Gbagbo, said the TV station 'I-Télé, "the president" rather die than surrender.

" On the other hand, in the city now controlled by pro Ouattara of Duekoue (west of the country), thousands of people have been killed or are missing as a result of the fighting occurred between Sunday 27 and Tuesday 29 March, as reported Catholic NGO Caritas. Caritas balance exceeds the previous issued by the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), which said that in Duekoue had died more than 800 people.

On Saturday, Patrick Achi, Minister of Economic Infrastructures of the incoming government and its spokesman, has said that the status of forces loyal to Gbagbo is total chaos. "The last loyal to Gbagbo have suffered a crushing defeat and are in a situation of total chaos," he said in a statement.

"The Frei control the entire territory of Ivory Coast in Abidjan does not fit Laurent Gbagbo and his clan is nothing more than the Presidential Palace and the residence of the President of the Republic, which are completely surrounded by our forces," he assured. It also stated that the forces of Gbagbo "play his last card" from a transmitter mounted on a truck from which to call people, especially children, "to serve as human shields or as cannon fodder about his latest redoubt.

" He accused the outgoing president's clan for crimes against unarmed civilians. "More than 1,000 people, women and children, have died." On the other hand, has been denying the information disseminated by the clan Gbagbo under which destroyed the Golf Hotel, where they are Ouattara and his government and recommended that people respect the curfew.

Ouattara's spokesman also noted that almost all the forces of defense and homeland security have left the "business mind", referring to the government of Gbagbo, and have joined the new. Entered the examples cited, among others, general chief of staff Philippe Mangou, and Edward Kasaraté, commander of the gendarmerie, both refugees in foreign embassies in Abidjan.

According to military sources, about 50,000 Army soldiers Gbagbo have joined the ranks of Ouattara or left arms. On Saturday, four UN peacekeepers were seriously wounded during the attack that troops loyal to Gbagbo made against a patrol humanitarian mission of the United Nations (UNOCI) in the Plateau district (downtown).

Ivory Coast, a former French colony, gained independence in 1960. In Bordeaux, the Foreign Minister of France, Alain Juppe, warned that Gbagbo is going through "the last days" as head of state and the pressure to hand over power to his rival and winner of the elections "soon force her output.

That's what we want. " Last year's elections were to open the hope of redirecting the country after the civil war (between 2002 and 2007) that the split and ended up ruining one of the most promising states in Africa.

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