Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Google Was Making A Space Elevator And A Hoverboard, But Couldn't Get Them To Work

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

A bitter pill to swallow

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Investors take fright over Google results

Read more

DEBATE

What's Putin's Plan? Kiev Accuses Russia of Terrorism

Read more

DEBATE

What's Putin's Plan? Kiev Accuses Russia of Terrorism (part 2)

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Rwandan singer amongst terror plot suspects

Read more

FOCUS

Campaigning against Bouteflika's re-election... in France

Read more

WEB NEWS

Chile: Online mobilization to help Valparaiso fire victims

Read more

ENCORE!

Art, sex, money, memory and manga

Read more

  • Algeria heads to the polls: ‘This election has nothing to do with us’

    Read more

  • Frantic search for survivors of sunken South Korea ferry

    Read more

  • Pro-Russian separatists killed in attack on Black Sea base

    Read more

  • India heads to polls in single largest day of voting

    Read more

  • Man executed in Texas for 2002 triple murder

    Read more

  • Scandal-hit French doctor Jacques Servier dies at 92

    Read more

  • Belgian head of wildlife reserve shot in DR Congo

    Read more

  • Crunch talks on Ukraine to begin in Geneva

    Read more

  • Stagehand of God? Maradona's legendary goal inspires a play

    Read more

  • US rolls out red carpet for French critic of capitalism

    Read more

  • N. Korea not amused by London hair salon's Kim Jong-un ad

    Read more

  • Real Madrid beat old foes Barcelona to lift Copa del Rey

    Read more

  • France's new PM targets welfare in drive to cut spending

    Read more

  • Campaigning against Bouteflika's re-election... in France

    Read more

  • Brazil club Mineiro cancel Anelka signing after no-show

    Read more

  • Syria 'torture' photos silence UN Security Council members

    Read more

  • Paris laboratory loses deadly SARS virus samples

    Read more

  • More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria

    Read more

  • New York police disband unit targeting Muslims

    Read more

  • 'Miracle girl' healthy after seven-organ transplant in Paris

    Read more

  • Paris police memo calling for Roma eviction ‘rectified’

    Read more

  • Burgundy digs into France's bureaucratic 'mille-feuille'

    Read more

  • French court drops ‘hate speech’ case against Bob Dylan

    Read more

  • Algeria rights crackdown slammed ahead of election

    Read more

Africa

Fresh violence errupts after leaders back Ouattara

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-11

Heavy fire broke out near Ivory Coast's political capital Yamoussoukro late Thursday, residents say, following the African Union's decision to back Alassane Ouattara as the rightful president of the country.

AFP - Fresh fighting rocked Ivory Coast late Thursday just hours after the African Union declared Alassane Ouattara the duly elected president, a decision angrily rejected by Laurent Gbagbo's camp.
             
Residents reported heavy arms fire in Tiebissou, a town near the line between zones controlled by the country's rival factions and near Ivory Coast's political capital Yamoussoukro.
             
"Heavy arms fire started toward 8:00 pm (2000 GMT)," one resident told AFP by phone, adding that the firing had continued into the night.
             
Two other witnesses confirmed the report, one of whom also spoke of sporadic fire from Kalashnikov assault rifles.
             
Hours earlier, in Addis Ababa, the African Union, having spent months trying to broker a resolution to the crisis, confirmed Ouattara's election as president last November.
             
"The measures that have been announced are binding," Ouattara said from Addis Ababa.
             
"Very soon, Laurent Gbagbo will have to leave the office he has usurped since November 28," he added.
             
Ouattara said the AU panel had asked him to form a broad government and provide the incumbent Gbagbo with an honourable exit.


             
"I have accepted to do that in the interest of peace," he said.
             
But he made it clear that it would not be a 50-50 power-sharing arrangement.
             
A spokesman for Gbagbo however rejected the AU panel's proposals even before the formal meeting got under way.
             
"What is on offer is power-sharing and the very principle of it is unacceptable," Gbagbo spokesman Ahoua Don Mello said from Abidjan.
             
And former prime minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan, who chairs Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front and is part of the delegation he sent to Addis Ababa, raised the spectre of violence if the world tried to impose Ouattara.
             
If the AU failed to come up with something convincing, he said, "we fear that the African Union will in a way contribute to completing the coup that began in 2002 and has evolved into an electoral coup with the latest presidential elections."
             
He was referring to an uprising against Gbagbo in 2002, while he was travelling outside the country, which triggered a deadly civil war.
             
Gbagbo has refused to accept defeat despite Ouattara being recognised by the international community.
             
And even before the latest clashes near Yamoussoukro, in the west of the country, his troops have for the last three weeks been fighting the New Forces (FN) fighters who back Ouattara.
             
The level of violence has also been steadily rising in Abidjan.
             
Late Thursday, the house of a leading member of Gbagbo's camp, Damana Pickass, came under fire, Pickass and other sources reported. He said he had not been home, but said his brother had been slightly injured.
             
Pickass was a member of the electoral commission that organised the disputed presidential election. He famously ripped up copies of the provisional results as the commission's spokesman was about to announce them.
             
The West African bloc ECOWAS, led by Nigeria, has threatened to use force if Gbagbo does not step down. Gbagbo has gone to court to try to restrain ECOWAS.
             
During the three months of the dispute, Ouattara and his government-in-waiting have been holed up in Abidjan's Golf Hotel, surrounded by Gbagbo's troops but protected by UN peacekeepers.
             
Ouattara's immediate problem will be how to return to Ivory Coast from Ethiopia.
             
As soon as he flew out, Gbagbo banned all overflights and landings by UN and French forces in the country, a moved condemned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
             
Ban "warns all parties that any attempt to disrupt flights conducted by the impartial forces is unacceptable," said his spokesman Martin Nesirky.
             
The world body's human rights chief on Thursday expressed alarm over the deteriorating situation.
             
The violence had already left 392 people dead, including 27 in the past week, said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
             
"Overall, the situation appears to be deteriorating alarmingly, with a sharp increase in inter-communal and inter-ethnic confrontations," she said.
 

Date created : 2011-03-11

  • IVORY COAST

    Gbagbo snubs African Union’s last-ditch proposal

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Violence erupts as four are shot dead at Ouattara rally

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)