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Strike Falls Flat in Côte d’Ivoire as Ouattara Fans Ftorm Paris Embassy Ouattara Supporters Hold the National flag in Front of Cote d’Ivoire’s Embassy in Paris

Reuters/Philippe WojazerBy RFI _

As Côte d’Ivoire’s incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo prepares to face an ultimatum from West African leaders, a call for a general strike from rival Alassane Ouattara seemed to have flopped. In Paris, Ouattara supporters peacefully took over their country’s embassy.

Ouattara, who has been recognised as president by the international community, on Monday called on all citizens to stop work until Gbagbo stepped down.

“We should not let them steal our victory,” said the RHDP party, in a statement signed by its director, Alphonse Djedje Mady.

But the statement came out late, and was not carried by the pro-Gbagbo state media.

RFI correspondent Marco Chown Oved said that in downtown Abidjan, the commercial capital, activity appeared normal, with shops opening for business.

“There were plenty of cars on the street and there was nothing to indicate the strike was being followed,” Oved said.

“But in the north of the country, in the rebel capital Bouake, it’s a complete ghost town. This area has sworn an allegiance to Ouattara.”

In Paris on Monday afternoon, the atmosphere was calm as Ouattara supporters made their way inside the Ivorian embassy.

The move came after Paris said it would recognise Ouattara’s envoy over that of Gbagbo, who has clung on to power since the disputed 28 November vote.

Marcel Youpeh, who represents Ouattara’s coalition in France, says that nothing was damaged, and that demonstrators had removed Gbagbo’s photograph from the wall.

Reporting from the embassy, RFI’s Molly Guinness said police with riot shields were preventing the assembled crowd in the street from entering.

“I spoke to a man here who has a brother on the inside. He says the atmosphere is quite convivial. There are about 20 people. Some of them are women, and apparently no one is trying to get rid of them,” Guinness said.

The embassy in France is one of the West African country’s most important diplomatic missions.

The move to recognise the new envoy came a day after French authorities grounded a plane belonging to Gbagbo at an airport in France in response to a request by the rival Ivorian government set up by Ouattara.

Gbagbo’s next challenge will be a meeting Tuesday with leaders from Benin, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone, who come carrying a message from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) that Gbagbo must step down.

Gbagbo branded the threat part of a Western plot directed by France and the United States.



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  1. Sanction/Cut of Diplomatic Ties can’t work in an ethnic/regional fractured Ivory Coast.

    Technically, Sanction or Cut of Bilateral/Diplomatic Ties can’t work in an Ethnic/Regional fractured Ivory Coast or force Regional Self installed current President Laurent Gbagbo to hand over power to another Regional Self acclaimed Winner Alassane Ouattara as the real issue is not election matter but the Political Power contest between President Laurent Gbagbo led Native Ivorian and Alassane Ouattara led Immigrants or Ivorian with foreign roots whose identifications are assumed not to be Ivorian supported France who used its international Media and networks/connection to back Alassane Ouattara after France had some collaborative misunderstandings with the Former Ivorian President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on how he did handle the looted wealth of former President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko, kept in his custody in Vatican Bank, which Félix Houphouët-Boigny utilized in developing his hometown of Yamoussoukro, where he built the world’s largest church, named the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro,at a cost of US$300 million, leaving an account balance of only US$5million at time of his death, this, irritated France and created this behind scene political animosity between Ivorian native and French.

    Since, Cote d’Ivoire like any other African Countries which have been colonized, inherited an imbalanced Political & Economic Structures/National Frameworks with foul or colonial manipulative Constitution with non Operative Governmental infrastructures from past Colonization, are grappling with the reality and inability to run their States Politically and Economically, as Colonial Boo Boo Traps with Colonial raise self serving bankrupt Elite, with sometime traditional recruited Scouts acting as State Military took Power in pretext of removing Corrupt Civil Regime, only to install their ethnic Agenda and ruined the State, as their Military Rule is run through non institutional principles and ethnic bias.

    Until a Proper National Ethnic Conference under aegis of UN as to formulate the best co-existing Constitutions and to work out general ethnic agreement on its framework on how vast African minerals and agricultural products with its abundant manpower could be harnessed and distributed for equitable development and Peace. African Election shall be used as point of ethnic challenge, source of pouring out bottled Anger/mistrusted Aggravation or Political Ethnic Contest for State Power Control as any ethnic group that had Political Power’s advantage, always use it for its ethnic Political Power’s advantage.

    Since the death of late President of Cote d’Ivoire, Felix Houphouet-Boigny that brought Mr. Alassane Ouattara a technocrat, trained as an economist and having worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) to assist Ivory Coast in financial development and later become the Ivorian Prime Minister but late Felix Houphouet-Boigny was aging with ill health, changed a section of the Ivorian Constitution which allowed Mr. Henri Konan Bédié, then the President of the National Assembly to succeed late Felix Houphouet-Boigny as Ivorian President and France with Mr. Alassane Ouattara and his political Associates should know that it is technical difficult for Mr. Alassane Ouattara with its French imposed pressure/connection for non Ivorian Native to assume Political Power despite the international Rallies/Support, as what is paramount in Ivory Coast is that long time/short time Immigrants with almost two third Ivorian Population to assume Power, will restructure Ivory Coast to detriment of minority Native whom the aggrieved swollen neighboring Countries’ Citizens who felt that we were part and parcels of Ivory Coast development and culture.

    The intellectual confusion over the world is why French is bent on Son of an immigrant of taking political power in Ivory Coast as native Ivorian want immigrants to enjoy all right except highest Political Office-the President, since the country is native originated and not a settling/emigrating Country. There is academic perception that French was hurt when late Felix Houphouet-Boigny utilized the looted Mobutu Se Seko Zaire stolen Wealth in secretly developing Ivory Coast but what of King Hassan of Morocco who could not account Mobutu looted wealth, which led his untimely death, with late Mobutu briefly stay in Morocco as to recover his wealth back to France before his death.

    Ironically, there is sources which factually revealed that the Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo won the Ivorian election on basis of all countered votes of Ivorian Votes with verifiable National ID, while Alassane Ouattara won its election on strength of all votes cast by all Voters with unverifiable National ID and that is why most African Countries could not be able to have credible National ID which is pancreas for peaceful credible election and to safeguard its Citizen from violent crime and to promote development with better welfare for its citizens. Also, all developed with some better developing nations have credible verifiable national ID cards in place as it augur easy & peaceful Elections and ease better developmental benefits for all its citizens but why it is allowed in Africa and this, have caused Africa a lot destruction and lost, when UN with West can impose that World/IMF can recognize or do official business with any African Country that does not have credible National Identity Cards in operation, but they are silent on this and this wicked collaboration that ruin Africa and create huge emigration problem for West and other developed Nations. Africans are waiting for the world to assist them in project that creates peace and development.

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    Mazi Patrick
    Historian, Thinker & Writer

    Mazi literal works is an African literal Organization based in political/historical writing and international Research.


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