Ivory Coast mutiny ends

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

CALM has been re­stored on the streets of the main ci­ties of the Ivory Coast fol­low­ing two days of un­rest in the wake of a mutiny by Ivo­rian troops over bonuses and work­ing con­di­tions.

Over the week­end, gun­fire ceased, traf­fic re­sumed and shops re­opened in the coun­try’s sec­ond-largest city, Bouaké, from where the re­bel­lion be­gan, as well as in the cap­i­tal and com­mer­cial hub Abidjan.

The calm fol­lowed a deal struck be­tween the muti­nous sol­diers and the govern­ment on Satur­day, with Pres­i­dent Alas­sane Ou­at­tara ap­pear­ing on na­tional TV to an­nounce the deal, the BBC re­ported on Sun­day.

“I con­firm that I have agreed to take into ac­count the de­mands of the sol­diers over bonuses and bet­ter work­ing con­di­tions,” he said.

He also, how­ever, crit­i­cised the re­bel­lion.

Aside from bet­ter pay, the agree­ment is re­ported to in­clude an amnesty for the mu­ti­neers.

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