Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Nigerian lawmakers seek to reduce president's powers

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's transgender backlash

Read more

THE DEBATE

The Battle for Venezuela: Pressure mounting on Maduro ahead of sunday's vote

Read more

ENCORE!

Actress Helen Mirren on TV honours and tackling sexism

Read more

FOCUS

Teething problems for French President Macron's party

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Libya's Haftar vows to deal with terrorists 'through weapons'

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

USA: Fierce battle over Kentucky's only abortion clinic

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Socks and selfies deep': Canadians slam Rolling Stone's Trudeau tribute

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Panda-monium! French zoo awaiting rare panda birth

Read more

Africa

Inside the presidential palace with Ouattara's men

Text by Jean-Baptiste Marot

Latest update : 2011-04-15

The dust has begun to settle in the days after forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara won control of Abidjan. FRANCE 24 takes a look around the presidential palace, scene of a deadly standoff with troops loyal to former leader Laurent Gbagbo.

The presidential palace in the Plateau district of Abidjan, overlooking the Bay of Banco, was at the epicentre of the recent battle for Ivory Coast’s economic capital.

The palace was taken on Monday by the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast, who support the internationally recognised Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara.

Forces loyal to former leader Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to cede power after losing a November run-off vote, relinquished the palace to Ouattara’s men after learning that Gbagbo had surrendered following a siege on the presidential residence in the nearby Cocody district.

The presidential complex is now under the control of Cherif Ousmane, formerly the regional commander in Bouake, a town that had become the de facto capital of the rebel-held north of the country.

Ousmane, nicknamed Papa Guepard ("Daddy Cheetah"), is a longtime Gbagbo opponent and was one of the leaders of an attempted coup against him in 2002.

 

 

Date created : 2011-04-15

  • IVORY COAST

    Violence still haunts the streets of Abidjan

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Ivorian leader vows to restore prosperity to broken nation

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Abidjan's port still dead to the world

    Read more

COMMENT(S)