For All Points-Of-The-View.
By Chika Onyeani:
The Ivory Coast has become another hot spot of crisis in Africa due to another African megalomaniac trying to stay in power after an opponent won an election.
Elections were held in Ivory Coast on the 28th of November, 2010, a run-off pitting then President Laurent Gbagbo against his opponent, former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara. The run-off was necessitated by the fact that none of the three candidates who contested the elections in June of this year, won an outright vote, Gbagbo having won the first election with 38% of the vote, Ouattara having come second with 32%, and former President Henri Konan Bedie winning 25% of the vote. For the run-off, Bedie threw his support behind Ouattara. International elections observers descended on Ivory Coast to monitor the elections, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU), theAfrican Union (AU), and the United Nations, which not only maintains troops there but had elections observers as well...
But really, the only effective solution is a recognition by Laurent Gbagbo that he lost the election decisively to Alassane Ouattara, and to consider the interests of his people, that he pretends to love. Gbagbo has been in power for 10 years. He is in the mold of African leaders like President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, who when they lose elections manipulate the international community in acquiescing into their continued stay in power-sharing coalition government. Gbagbo has no doubt that he lost the presidential elections of Nov. 28, 2010 in Ivory Coast, but he is hoping that through his intransigence the international community, to eschew suffering of the people of Ivory Coast, would countenance a power-sharing government between him and Alassane Ouattara. This should not happen. Gbagbo knows he needs to go gracefully as he doesn’t need more bloodshed on his hands!! (READ MORE)
I hear much about Presidents in afrika in office to long..However noone seem to go into de policies or poltical issues..Like Robert Mugabe. I understand de man has been a strong opposition to foreign control of africa lands...If not for Mugabe(who I greatly admire) white would probably have more control..De price for opposing western policies is unpopular and not understood by your own . De way I hear, Alassane Ouattara is a sure errand boy for westrn interest..Dats more alerting to mi. Just de fact dat Gbagbo got nerve, and will stand up and someone dat is not easily controlled . I don't know if I is good for de advancement of african people...Bottom line, its a tough job to be head of state of any africa nation...peace