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Cote d’Ivoire Is Far from Over

by John Campbell
February 16, 2011

Workers gather bags of cocoa at the port of Abidjan January 17, 2011. (Luc Gnago/Courtesy Reuters)

Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Iran have pushed Cote d’Ivoire off the front page. However, the election crisis is far from resolved, and the impasse is proving increasingly detrimental to the lives of ordinary Ivorians. UNHCR estimates thirty-five thousand internally displaced persons (IDPs) and has registered thirty-eight thousand refugees who have fled to neighboring Liberia.

At least four major international banks have put a temporary stop to their operations in Abidjan, and recent reports also indicate long lines at ATMs as many Ivorians prepare to withdraw cash from their accounts. The run on the banks is bound to have a negative impact on commerce and increase the hardship for Cote d’Ivoire’s city dwellers.

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  • Posted by Said HILALI

    Mr Cambell,

    Your snapshot observations have left me baffled. Sanctions always hurt the innocents. The incumbent president is a dictator and has resorted to mafia practices to attack financial institutions.He is pushing his country to a frightening civil war equation. If Ouatarra has to be installed president of RIC, then more pressure should be applied including the use of legitimate force. As you know, Africa is suffering from the deficit of democracy, good governance and rule of law. Some have chosen the path of democracy, and a few are still clinging on african style stalinian dictatorship. The West should support the democracy camp to avert imminent bloodshed and destruction of useful assets and flight of capital and human resources. America should be more assertive in their criticism to countries that abuse basis human rights and sabotage democracy in Africa: South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe …

    I have little esteem for Zuma for taking 5 wives: a decadent practice in Africa and a gross violation of human rights by an african leader.

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