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Gbagbo’s inner circle: Who are the targets of EU sanctions?

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-12-17

The European Union has decided to impose sanctions on 11 Ivorians believed to be obstructing the peace process in Ivory Coast. Who are the powerful aides considered to be among those most faithful to Laurent Gbagbo?


They are eleven men and women targeted by recent EU sanctions for their continuing support of Gbagbo and refusal to acknowledge the victory of Alassane Outtara in the November 28 presidential election. They are at the heart of the “Gbagbo system”, an exclusive club comprising mainly of the military and media elite. They have been pulling the strings of Ivorian politics since 2002.

The sanctions against them are two-fold: firstly, the EU wants to freeze any and all financial assets belonging to these people within the European zone. Added to this, EU countries agreed to enforce visa restrictions which would prevent each of them from travelling within Europe. The EU "decided to adopt without delay targeted, restrictive measures against those who are obstructing the process of peace and national reconciliation," the EU foreign ministers declared in a statement.

Of the 11 people named, most are military officials. But among those targeted are also the director of the National Council of Audiovisual Communication (NCAC) and the president of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Laurent Gbagbo’s party. However, neither Gbagbo, nor his wife have been named by the EU.

Also on the blacklist is Pierre Israel Amessan Brou, the Director General of Ivorian Radio and Television (RTI), one of the main media organisations supporting Gbagbo; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Vagba Faussignaux; the head of the Security Group of the President of the Republic (SGRP), Ahouman Brouha Nathanael and the chief of the Republican Guard, General Dogbo Ble.


 

Date created : 2010-12-17

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