Ivory Coast bonuses pact

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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

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