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May 22, 2013
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Ivory Coast News
Ivorian authorities have announced the arrest of Amade Oueremi, a former militia leader, who is suspected to have played an important role in the country’s post-election massacre two years ago.
In Ivory Coast, the saga of the local, council and regional elections of April 21 is not over yet; the Independent Electoral Commission has just sent to the Supreme Court the complaints filed by the candidates declared beaten after the elections.
The first issue is that of security. Indeed, since the accession to power of President Ouattara west through an area of turbulence despite the end of the post-election crisis with the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo on 11 April 2011
Ivory Coast's justice minister says the government is open to investigating top security officials accused by United Nations experts of raking in millions of dollars through "warlord-style predatory economic activities.
Rioters erected makeshift barricades and burned tyres in parts of the country to protest at the results of local elections. Ten people were injured, officials said.
President Alassane Ouattara has been urged to ensure all the parties involved in Côte d'ivoire's post elections crimes, including his, are brought to book. Former UN Secretary General Kofffi Annan said equal justice for all is the only real pre-condition for reconciliation. In an exclusive interview, Kofi Annan granted to WADR’s Elisabeth-Laure Njipwo, he stressed that all conditions needed to be met before elections are held in Mali in July as scheduled.
Sunday's polls were boycotted by the opposition party of former President Laurent Gbagbo, highlighting the slow progress of reconciliation.
The climate of insecurity in Western Ivory Coast has deep consequences even beyond the country’s borders. The spirit filled movement of the refugees willing to return home has just been stopped by the recent attacks in the West.
The free movement of people and goods remain still a principle written in several sub regional charters, its implementation is hindered by some issues in each member country.
In Cote d’Ivoire, the post-election crisis may be over, but its consequences, such as insecurity, tension between communities and a country awash with small arms, are still present everywhere.
The conflict cost some 3,000 lives and left hundreds more injured, traumatized and internally or externally displaced.