14 June 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Coup Plot Uncovered By Ivorian Authorities Sparks Controversy

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"This is simply ridiculous," Le Nouveau Courrier (p. 3) quotes a minister in the former regime as saying about a statement made by the interior minister saying that the government had foiled a coup to be staged by pro-Gbagbo supporters. "So-called foiled coup:

The sad spectacle of a desperate regime," reads a front-page headline in Notre Voie. The paper (p. 3) denounces what it describes as "a plot" designed to bring down the opposition FPI party. Another article on the same page of this paper denounces the "torture" of Mr. Moise Lida Kouassi, a former defense minister, who confessed in a video that he participated in a plan to overthrow the current regime in Cote d'Ivoire.

"I see no credibility in his confession," Fraternite Matin (p. 7) quotes the lawyer of Mr. Lida Kouassi. The paper also quotes the lawyer as saying "I could only trust this if it were made in the presence of a lawyer. However, the fact that the television carried a strange image of somebody who was speaking on television without reserve looked like a fabrication."

Reacting to the same issue, the head of the Ivorian civic groups says that "we're waiting to see whether Mr. Lida Kouassi will reiterate his confessions during his trial," reports L'Intelligent d'Abidjan (p. 8).

"Coup d'etat, assassination of Robert Guei, killing in the west: The FPI caught red-handed," says a front-page prominent headline in Le Nouveau Reveil. The paper carries another front-page headline wondering whether "Ghana is an accomplice of pro-Gbagbo coup plotters."

An article in this paper (p. 3) deplores that Ghanaian authorities are "too tolerant and complaisant" with the supporters of the former regime who sought refuge in Ghana. The article also suggests that the Ghanaian authorities have yet to execute the arrest warrants issued by the Ivorian authorities seeking the extraction of these people.

This daily press review is compiled by the Information Section of the Public Affairs Office of the American Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The opinions expressed in these reviews in no way reflect the views of the United States Government and are presented for informational purposes only. The accuracy of reports contained in this summary has not been confirmed by the Embassy.

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