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The imbroglio in Cote D Ivoire: A function of servitude, corruption and unpatriotism

By Aloysius AGENDIA

I have read with a lot of interest and in different forums various stance in relations to the recent and ongoing problems in Cote D Ivoire and on the problems plaguing Africa in general. I have read also the insistence that the only solution is for Africans take their destiny in their own hands and stop blaming people.  Quite a good number of those views are true but generally, the positions that seem to apportion the blame on African ordinary citizens are wrong and do not help our cause in anyway. Does identifying the real cause of a problem constitute apportioning blame unnecessarily? I am yet to be clarified on that.  At the end of the article is my response to the stance taken by Dr.  Christopher  Fomunyoh  on the ongoing election imbroglio in Cote D Ivoire. Dr Chris Fomunyoh is  Africa Director of the National Democratic Institute and presidential aspirant in Cameroon for the upcoming polls in 2011.

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2010 Elections in Cote D' Ivoire: What most media do not tell you.

By Aloysius AGENDIA

 Early November 2010, Ivoirians went to the polls to elect a new president. After the first round of elections, no candidate could get the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff. Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo of LMP scored 38 percent of the votes while former Prime Minister Alasane Ouatara of PDR and former President Henri Konan Bedie got 32 and 25 percent respectively. The second round on November 28, 2010 pitted Ouatara against Gbagbo.  Konan Bedie urged his supporters to rally behind Ouatara. Analysts considered the call a marriage against nature because; it was the same Konan Bedie who made claims in the late 1990s and early 2000 that Ouatara was not an Ivoirian but actually a Burkinabe. That was the beginning of rivalry in Cote D Ivoire.  From that perspective, it is hard to say with certainty if the supporters of Bedie could actually vote for Ouatara or massively vote for someone whom for years they consider more of their enemy than Laurent Gbagbo.

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