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‘Ivory Coast Security at Risk’--ICG new report

Le Président ivoirien Alassane Ouattara  et un officer des FRCILe Président ivoirien Alassane Ouattara et un officer des FRCI (Photo: Médiathèque-photos -ado.ci)
December 21, 2011

A new report published by the International Crisis Group, ICG, says despite a marked improvement in economic governance and the holding of legislative elections in good security conditions on 11 December in Ivory Coast, the divisions within the security forces carry a risk of violent confrontation.

“Significant progress has been recorded in many areas since Alassane Ouattara’s inauguration in May 2011”, says Rinaldo Depagne, Crisis Group’s West Africa Senior Analyst. “But the economic revival focuses on urban centres and highlights a lack of political will to prioritise the regions and communities that suffered most from the conflict”.

The International Crisis Groups, ICG, report entitled Côte d’Ivoire: Continuing the Recovery has also noted that the victor’s justice targeting only former President Gbagbo’s followers hampers reconciliation.

The weakness and imbalance of the security apparatus and the two-tiered justice system are reinforcing the convictions of extremists and are the two
main challenges the government will have to overcome in the forthcoming months.

The report has warned that the country remains deeply divided and still faces serious threats.

WADR’s Elisabeth-Laure Njipwo spoke to ICG Project Director for West Africa, Gilles Yabi, to have more insight into the report.

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