Human suffering escalates in Cote d’Ivoire


Earlier this week, national television broadcast a visit by the Minister of Health for the Gbagbo’s government to the wounded in hospital. Since the 28th November elections, the country has remained tense. Four days after the elections took place, the independent election commission,IEC released provisional results, with Ouattara receiving 54 percent of the vote and Gbagbo 46 percent.

The Constitutional Council, challenged the body with its president, Paul Yao N’Dré, arguing that the IEC had not followed the established guidelines. The next day N’Dré nullified the IEC’s provisional results, declaring Gbagbo the winner with 51 percent of the vote against 49 percent for Ouattara.

Gbagbo and Ouattara were both sworn in as president within hours of one another, with each forming their respective governments Fears are growing that the dispute between Gbagbo and Quattara, internationally recongised a winner of the election could tip the country back into civil war.

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