The situation in Ivory Coast has reached something of a nervous stalemate as well. Laurent Gbagbo is holed up in the presidential bunker (in Ivory Coast, I guess they need things like a presidential bunker). He has less than 1,000 troops loyal to him.
|By: David Dayen Saturday April 9, 2011 5:20 pm|
|By: David Dayen Wednesday April 6, 2011 11:59 am|
French officials and Ouattara spokesmen maintain that the resolution will come within hours, but we heard that yesterday. I’ve read more reports that he has surrendered, and certainly negotiations continue, with Gbagbo primarily concerned with his protection and that of his family. But we’re not quite done here yet. The TV station controlled by Ouattara showed the movie “Downfall” last night.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 5, 2011 2:02 pm|
Reuters is reporting that, after months of struggle, Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has surrendered to the UN mission in Abidjan, and he has asked for their protection. However, that has not been confirmed by other news organizations.
|By: David Dayen Sunday April 3, 2011 5:00 pm|
The hopes that Laurent Gbagbo would go quietly from Ivory Coast after forces loyal to the Presidential rival Alassane Ouattara marched into the commercial capital of Abidjan have faded. Gbagbo issued a call to arms for his supporters, and Gbagbo’s loyalists retook the state television station and swarmed a bridge leading to the Presidential palace.
|By: David Dayen Saturday March 26, 2011 10:00 am|
Gadhafi is both defiant and dug in at the capital of Tripoli, while the rebels are a small, ragtag bunch that even with superior air support cannot really expect to win a conventional war. And that leads us to the next drip in the mission creep here, as the US mulls over arming the rebels.
|By: David Dayen Saturday January 1, 2011 6:00 pm|
Yesterday, a spokesman for Alassane Ouattara gave Laurent Gbagbo until midnight to relinquish the Presidency in Ivory Coast, or risk undescribed “other measures.” That didn’t move Gbagbo.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 31, 2010 3:30 pm|
I’m interested in the Ivory Coast story because of a) the past inability for a peaceful transition of power on the African continent, which is a serious foreign policy problem, and b) the potential for mass death. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the UN, raises the threat of the second.