Ivory Coast still tense af­ter mil­i­tary mutiny

The Star Late Edition - - WORLD - – ANA

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.

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