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"The opposition control the electoral watchdog" says President Gbagbo

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-12-03

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo explains why the presidential election has been postponed six times since 2005.

The Ivory Coast has seen six presidential election dates first postponed and then shelved since 2005. After the missed target date of November 29th and the sixth postponement of an election, that it was hoped would end the crisis which began in 2002 by a failed coup against Gbagbo, the main Ivorian leaders are meeting this Thursday in Ouagadougou (the capital of Burkina Faso) to give the electoral process new impetuous.

In this uncertain political context, Gbagbo is FRANCE 24’s guest tonight on The Interview (9:45 pm, GMT+1), where he points his finger at the opposition, saying they are in "control of the electoral watchdog”.

The President of Ivory Coast will also discuss the Guy-André Kieffer affair, the Franco-Canadian journalist who has been missing since 2004. The Ivoirians have charged two French people, but the French courts have alternative leads. Gbagbo puts forth that there is not “a problem” between the French and Ivorian Governments over the issue.

However, Gbagbo argues, "If the judges [French judges Patrick Ramaël and Nicolas Blot, editor’s note] who have this dossier in their hands want to use it as a political instrument, then I say no, and dig my heels in."
 

Date created : 2009-12-02

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