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Ivory Coast News
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has appointed the News Forces rebels commander as the country's new army chief of staff, after sacking General Philipp Mangou.
The Vice President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has ended an assessment mission to Liberia, hailing its people for their hospitality to some 100,000 Ivorian refugees.
In an effort to address the aftermath of Ivory Coast post election crisis, President Alassane Ouattara is mobilizing his government to promote security, reconciliation and reconstruction.
Civil Society groups in the Ivory Coast have been reacting to the arrests and indictment of 15 associates of former President Laurent Gbagbo, calling for fair and equal justice.
The 15 have been en indicted for crimes against the state, including embezzlement and other offenses.
The debate over gays and lesbian rights in Ghana is heating up, with both the ruling party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition National Patriotic Party (NPP) are calling for the holding of a stakeholders conference on the issue.
Reports say 15 associates of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo have been charged with various crimes including “harming state authority, setting up armed gangs and economic crimes.”
The months of bloody post election dispute in the Ivory Coast further divided an already divided nation, who had attempted to leap out of years of violent conflict dating back to the 2002 civil war.
Despite the fact that the power struggle in Ivory Coast has ended, the thousands of Ivorians seeking refuge in Liberia appear unwilling to return home.
Governments, private sector and midwives in West Africa have been urged to invest more in midwifery to make the profession more attractive so as to get more people drawn to it.
Reports from Liberia say hundreds of Ivorian refugees continue to cross into Liberia to seek refuge, despite the end to hostilities.