Ivory Coast still tense after military mutiny
THE Ivory Coast remains tense following the failure of the government to address the reasons behind the two-day military mutiny over the weekend, raising fears that violence could break out again.
Ivorian soldiers are still waiting to be paid the bonuses the government promised during negotiations on Saturday to end the mutiny which started in Bouake on Friday before spreading to other cities.
“Our comrades want their money now,” said a negotiator for the mutineers, who asked not to be identified. “People aren’t happy because they haven’t received their money, so everything could start up again.”
Among the soldiers’ primary demands are bonuses promised ahead of a 2011 UN- and Frenchbacked rebel offensive that toppled then-president Laurent Gbagbo who refused to accept Alassane Ouattara’s 2010 poll victory. Abidjan would struggle to collect the bonuses totalling millions of dollars at short notice. – ANA