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December 18, 2010

UN convoy attacked by gunman in Ivory Coast as peacekeeping forces ordered to leave country

UN convoy attacked by gunman in Ivory Coast as peacekeeping forces ordered to leave country

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

The United Nations mission in Abidjan, Ivory Coast has said that one of its convoys and mission headquarters was attacked by masked gunmen in military uniforms. According to the mission, a civilian vehicle with six men inside approached the convoy. When the convoy approached the compound’s entrance the gunmen opened fire.

“[A convoy] was followed by a group of six armed men dressed in military clothing on board a civilian vehicle. On arriving outside the UNOCI headquarters in Sebroko, the occupants of the civilian vehicle fired shots in the direction of the UNOCI patrol as it entered the mission compound,” said a statement from the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI). Shots were fired back at the gunmen, but none were hit. There were no reports of any injuries.

The attack comes as President Laurent Gbagbo ordered all UN and French peacekeeping forces to leave the country. “The government demands the departure of the UNOCI and LICORNE [French] forces in Ivory Coast and is opposed to any renewal of their mandate,” said government spokesman Jacqueline Oble. Gbagbo claimed victory in the nation’s elections on November 28. Alassane Ouattara won the presidential run-off election on December 3 according to the country’s electoral commission. However, the Constitutional Council has contested the announcement.

Though the results are backed by the nation’s top legal body, deadly protests have erupted with demonstrators and Ouattara calling the election a fraud. The French government and the UN have also rejected the election results. On Thursday, according to Amnesty International, nine unarmed demonstrators were fatally shot by Ivorian security forces during a mass protest in Abidjan.



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December 4, 2010

Alassane Ouattara \’wins\’ Ivory Coast presidential election

Alassane Ouattara ‘wins’ Ivory Coast presidential election

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Ouattara was the prime minister between 1990 and 1993

Alassane Ouattara won the Ivory Coast’s presidential run-off election on Thursday according to the country’s electoral commission. However the Constitutional Council has contested the announcement. Ouattara was the challenger in the run-off against President Laurent Gbagbo. Supporters of Gbagbo have claimed that the vote should be blocked because of fraud in the north of the country.

The head of the electoral commission, Youssouf Bakayoko, released the results of the vote while under armed guard. He announced that Ouattara had won 54% of the vote, while Gbagbo took 46%. Bakayoko was speaking from a hotel rather than the headquarters of the commission.

The vote was plagued with delays as violence took its toll on the country. Legally, Gbagbo’s term ended five years ago, but supporters of the President have refused to accept his defeat. Up to eight people were killed at an opposition party headquarters by about 20 armed supporters of the president. The attack took place only hours after a 1900 UTC curfew had been put in place.

Paul Yao N’Dre, the head of the Constitutional Council, also released a statement saying, “because of disagreements on the results of some regions, the independent electoral commission wasn’t able to give the provisional results. The Constitutional Council — responsible for sorting out disputes in presidential elections — finds itself in charge, to find a solution to the disagreements, and proclaim the definitive presidential election results.”

In last months first round of voting President Gbagbo was leading by 38% and Ouattara followed closely with 32%.



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