13 July 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Prime Minister Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio to Meet With Gbagbo's Fpi

According to a report in Notre Voie (p. 3) Prime Minister Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio is to meet today with the leadership of the FPI. The meeting, the paper said, is meant to facilitate what was termed "the republican dialogue" between the government and the Ivorian opposition. According to the daily, FPI officials said they are committed to dialogue but have insisted on the release of partisans of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo as a prerequisite.

Still on the meeting, L'Inter (p. 4) noted that on both sides, much is expected from today's meeting. The daily underscored that the move can be likened to a charm offensive designed by the government to show its commitment to participative democracy and political dialogue. From the FPI's perspective, the daily argued, this will be a platform to voice again their concerns and reiterate calls for the release of their leader and FPI partisans in detention.

Fraternite Matin (p. 5), for its part, cast doubt on the outcome of the meeting, which the paper said followed a previous session held in April in Grand Bassam. According to the daily, there are reasonable grounds to believe that the meeting will be inconclusive.

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