Fears of Ivory Coast un­rest

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

ABIDJAN — Protests by disgruntled sol­diers in Ivory Coast have ex­posed the gov­ern­ment's fail­ure to re­form its mutiny-plagued armed forces and its rapid ca­pit­u­la­tion sets a dan­ger­ous prece­dent in a coun­try with bright eco­nomic prospects.

Ivory Coast — French-speak­ing West Africa's largest econ­omy — is emerg­ing from a decade of cri­sis that ended in a brief civil war in 2011. Its rapid re­vival and vast po­ten­tial have made it the new dar­ling of fron­tier in­vestors in Africa.

When thou­sands of sol­diers poured out of bar­racks and erected bar­ri­cades in towns across the coun­try this month, it was a stark re­minder of the coups, mu­tinies and re­bel­lions that have crip­pled the world's top co­coa grower.

Pres­i­dent Alas­sane Ou­at­tara has re­ceived credit for over­see­ing Ivory Coast's eco­nomic re­nais­sance, but has strug­gled to re­form an army thrown to­gether from for­mer gov­ern­ment loy­al­ists and ex-rebels.

— Reuters

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