12 March 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: The General Political Atmosphere in Cote d'Ivoire and Security Issues

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A prominent headline in Le Patriote (p. 1) says that Cherif Ousmane, a former warlord, has been appointed by the army high command as the head of an "anti-armed gangs unit."

The paper (p. 6) quotes the Chief of Defense Staff, General Soumaila Bakayoko, as saying that this nomination is "to strengthen" an operation code named "Zidra" designed to crack down bandits who are operating on the country's highways.

"Ghana will not serve as a launching base to destabilize Cote d'Ivoire," says a front-page headline in Nord-Sud Quotidien. The paper attributes this statement to Ghana's Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, Lieutenant Enoch Kwame Donkoh, who was speaking in Abidjan on Tuesday during a reception marking Ghana's Independence Day.

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