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Incumbent Côte d'Ivoire leader sues regional bloc

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Feb 15, 2011.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    Côte d'Ivoire's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo filed a lawsuit on Monday against the West African regional bloc for recognising his rival as the winner of the country's recent presidential election.

    Gbagbo continues to cling to power despite the United Nations (UN) recognising rival Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the November 28 presidential run-off election. Gbagbo's suit, filed in the Economic Community of West African States' Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria, asks judges to void decisions by the regional bloc that recognised Ouattara as the winner.

    The regional bloc, known as Ecowas (Economic Community of West African States), has been considering whether to use military force to oust Gbagbo. Lawyer Mohamed Lamine Faye, who represents Gbagbo, said Ecowas' decision "violates the supremacy" of the nation's constitutional council.

    Côte d'Ivoire has been gripped by a political crisis since the election. An electoral commission said Ouattara won and the UN supervised the election and certified the result. The constitutional council later overturned the results and declared Gbagbo the winner, after invalidating nearly 600 000 votes in pro-Ouattara areas.

    "We are asking the court to hold that these pronouncements are illegal," Faye told journalists on Monday after filing the suit. "If they are illegal, they are null and void. They should suspend any action in respect to these pronouncements."

    Obii Onuoha, an Ecowas lawyer, said she had no instructions from the bloc about the lawsuit as it was formally filed during the court's open session.

    Both Gbagbo and Ouattara have been sworn in as president and have set up competing governments in an attempt to wrestle control of the country from each other. Ouattara has been endorsed as president by the United States, European Union, African Union, former colonial power France, as well as a host of other countries and international organisations. Gbagbo retains control of the army, police and civil service.

    At least 290 people have been killed in post-election violence, and more than 30 000 have fled to neighbouring Liberia, the UN said. --Sapa-AP
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    Nyambala JF-Expert Member

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    Huyu jamaa anatapatapa na hili liwe fundisho kwa wang'ang'ania madaraka wengine, anstruggle mno kutafuta relevance na legitimacy. Huwezi kuamini wakati ule protests zimepamba moto egypt wiki iliyopita watu wake wakaoganaizi waandamanaji eti wanaomuunga mkono. It didn't work out sasa naona anakuja na CD nyingine! shame on him.
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    Nanu JF-Expert Member

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    I don't know if he will really win! Ivorians, should make their own decisions. Our main problem is that we don't really get the internal information if we are really well informed or partially informed by the media houses in that region!
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    I can assure you Gbagbo lost resoundingly with the whole world watching. The international media tell it as it is. It is the local press that are partisian. State TV here (only one terrestrial channel in Ivory coast) is simply "hate TV" .... The basic message is the whole world wants to rob Ivory coast of it's riches.. all foreigners are evil except for those citizens of countries that support Gbagbo. it is that simple
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    cartura JF-Expert Member

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    Kama Gbagbo atafanikwa kubaki madarakani kwa namna hii atakuwa ame-set a very bad precedent kwa viongozi wengine wa Africa; nobody should take his crap seriously; rather, decisive action must be taken against him now