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Ivory Coast News
Since the United Nations Mission in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI) began voluntary disarmament of ex-combatants in the Ivorian civil conflict some six months ago, more than 3,500 firearms and over 230,000 rounds of ammunitions as well as dozens of hand grenades have been surrendered.
-While MNLA rebels declare independence in northern Mali
The UN peacekeeping force in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI) has said it has increased joint patrols with French Licorne and the Ivorian armed forces along the Malian border, while rebels in northern Mali have announced a ceasefire and declared independence in a region called Azawad.
Trade in the Mano River Union (MRU) Basin and neighboring countries in the wider ECOWAS region is said to have taken the downward turn in recent months, an executive of the Liberian Chamber of Commerce (LCC) has said.
A year after hundreds of civilians were killed in the Western Ivorian town of town Duékoué, Amnesty International has called on the Ivory Coast government of President Alassane Ouattara to help bring the perpetrators to justice.
As international pressure mounts on Mali’s coup makers to return to barracks, a coalition of political parties and civil society groups in Bamako has formed a united front to lead strikes and civil disobedience campaigns against the junta.
Countries of the Mano River Union (MRU), who have are developing a common border security policy, have now adopted a joint action plan.
Former Ivorian Prime Minister Guiallaum Soro, who resigned last week, has been elected Parliament Speaker.
WADR's Abidjan Correspondent says Soro, who won a parliament seat in the new parliament last year, was elected on Monday when parliament opened its first session in the political capital, Yamoussoukro.
Ivory Coast Prime Minister Guillaume Soro and his cabinet have tendered their resignation three months after parliamentary election was held in the West African nation.
Power cuts have become a daily nuisance in Abidjan and other parts of the Ivory Coast nowadays and the stabilizing of electricity supply is proving to be an uphill challenge for the Alassane Ouattara regime.
A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) says 22 people have allegedly been murdered in central Ivory Coast, during attacks on passengers travelling on motorbikes or in commercial vehicles, since December 2011.