September 26, 2000 |
African leaders visiting Abidjan to mediate in Ivory Coast's political crisis have recommended that parliamentary elections be delayed by two months and a presidential vote by four, Ivorian party officials said. A delegation of seven heads of state told Ivorian army ruler Gen. Robert Guei and the main political parties that more time was needed to defuse political tensions that threaten to derail the return to civilian rule.
July 6, 2000 |
The military regime reached a deal with mutinous soldiers to end a protest that paralyzed the Ivory Coast's commercial capital and degenerated into a spree of looting and robbery. In a state television broadcast, soldiers and government officials in Abidjan said the dispute about housing perks had been resolved. Desire Paulin Dakoury, a spokesman for junta leader Gen. Robert Guei, said the government agreed to give lump-sum payments of $1,600 to each soldier to help them buy homes.
October 24, 2000 |
Election returns were interrupted and soldiers barricaded streets Monday in Ivory Coast, where an opposition candidate was predicting victory over the military junta leader in a presidential election intended to restore civilian rule. The country's electoral commission headquarters closed about midday to give employees a break after more than 24 hours of ballot counting, officials said.
July 5, 2000 |
Ivory Coast was shaken by a military mutiny and spent its first night under curfew since the army seized power in December. Military ruler Gen. Robert Guei imposed the 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew after soldiers protested in the main city, Abidjan, and elsewhere, demanding money from the ruling junta for their role in the December coup. Soldiers in the streets fired in the air.
July 26, 2000 |
In a landslide vote, Ivory Coast residents approved a new constitution billed as a first step to return the West African nation to civilian rule, according to final results Tuesday. But opponents of the referendum that took place Sunday and Monday worried that the new charter will legally enshrine growing anti-foreigner sentiment and ethnic tensions. Final returns showed 86.5% backing the constitution, Interior Ministry official Fidel Yapi said.
September 19, 2000 |
Loyalist soldiers said they drove back mutinous attackers who stormed the home of Ivory Coast's junta leader Monday in an assassination attempt. The predawn gunfire marked widening political and military divisions ahead of an Oct. 22 presidential election and underscored fears of growing instability in this West African nation, once a model of prosperity and calm. Two presidential bodyguards were killed in a two-hour gun battle, officials said.