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Gunmen Fire On UN Base in Ivory Coast

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  1. babukijana

    babukijana JF-Expert Member

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    The U.N. mission in Ivory Coast says men in military uniforms opened fire on the U.N. base in Abidjan late Friday.
    There were no reported injuries in the attack. The U.N. has called on incumbent Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to step down in favor of internationally-recognized election winner Alassane Ouattara.
    On Friday, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy renewed their calls for Mr. Gbagbo to hand over power. But Gbagbo supporters have vowed their leader will stay in office.
    The French news agency quotes a top Gbagbo aide, Charles Ble Goude, as saying Mr. Sarkozy will have to “march over our corpses” to get to the president. He called on all Ivorians to get ready for combat.
    At least 20 people died during street clashes in Abidjan Thursday, as Ouattara supporters tried to march on the state television station.
    Mr. Gbagbo retains control of the army and other state institutions, while Mr. Ouattara is housed in an Abidjan hotel, protected by U.N. peacekeepers.
    Both men say they won last month's presidential runoff election and have named rival governments. The dispute has sparked fears that Ivory Coast could plunge back into civil war.
    A 2002 civil war left the country divided into rebel and government-controlled areas.
    Mr. Gbagbo has been in power since 2000. His term of office expired in 2005, but he has stayed in office while elections were repeatedly delayed

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    These are normal comedies for African statesmen...Controlling the army, Gbagbo has discovered that the pressure from International community, and the locally based UN base are part of headache-chargers to his reign, and has hence decided to threaten them as a way to super-glue their mouths!...shame!
    Hii ni era mpya kabisa kwa Africa, ambapo ni kama wazee hawa wamesemezana kutoondoka madarakani....

    Mugabe is preparing himself for the next years's March elections contesting again...Sijui mwaka huo kutakuwa na hali gani huko..
    God help!
     
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    babukijana JF-Expert Member

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    realy!huyu mzee nadhani anataka kufia ikulu.by the way democracy ya kweli afrika bado sana.
     
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    Kigogo JF-Expert Member

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    Hana tofauti na mkwere
     
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    Gbgabo Demands Peacekeepers Leave Ivory Coast

    Saturday, December 18th, 2010 at 3:01 pm UTC
    Posted 42 minutes ago
    The government of Ivory Coast's incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, is demanding that U.N. and French peacekeepers leave the country.
    A spokeswoman for the Gbagbo government issued the demand in a statement read on state television Saturday.
    The demand came a few hours after the U.N. mission reported an attack on its base in Abidjan. The mission said men in military uniforms opened fire on the base overnight, prompting return fire from peacekeepers. There were no reports of injuries in the exchange.
    The U.N. has called on Mr. Gbagbo to step down in favor of Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognized winner of last month's presidential runoff election.
    On Friday, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy renewed their calls for Mr. Gbagbo to cede power. But Gbagbo supporters have vowed their leader will stay in office.
    The French news agency quotes a top Gbagbo aide, Charles Ble Goude, as saying Mr. Sarkozy will have to “march over our corpses” to get to the president. He called on all Ivorians to get ready for combat.
    At least 20 people died during street clashes in Abidjan Thursday, as Ouattara supporters tried to march on the state television station.
    Mr. Gbagbo retains control of the army and other state institutions, while Mr. Ouattara is housed in an Abidjan hotel, protected by U.N. peacekeepers.
    Both men say they won last month's presidential runoff election and have named rival governments. The dispute has sparked fears that Ivory Coast could plunge back into civil war.
    A 2002 civil war left the country divided into a rebel-controlled north and government-controlled south. The areas were technically reunited in a 2007 peace treaty.
    The United Nations has about 10,000 peacekeepers in the West African country.
    Mr. Gbagbo has been in power since 2000. His term expired in 2005, but he stayed in office while elections were repeatedly delayed.
     
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