Ivory Coast mutiny ends
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.