Ivory Coast bonuses pact
BOUAKE: Disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast have reached an agreement with the government to resolve a dispute over bonus payments that had threatened to reignite a nationwide army mutiny, negotiators for the mutineers said.
There was no confirmation of the deal from the government, and it was not immediately evident that the terms had been accepted by the rank-and-file, who took to the streets in Bouake, the second largest city, and other locations on Friday.
Soldiers, most of them former rebel fighters, launched a revolt in Bouake a week ago that rapidly gained momentum in the world’s top cocoa grower until the government was forced to yield to the mutineers’ demands after two days.
But the soldiers said they had received none of the 12million CFA francs (R263 000) in bonuses they said the government had promised to pay each of them under an initial deal to end the uprising which was struck on Saturday. – Reuters