AU recognises Ouattara election win

2010-12-04 22:46

Addis Ababa - The African Union on Saturday acknowledged the results of Ivory Coast's presidential election that named opposition leader Alassane Ouattara as the winner, and condemned any attempt to seize power by a "fait accompli".

It called for "respect for the outcome of the presidential election as proclaimed by the Independent Electoral Commission", which found that Ouattara had beaten incumbent Laurent Gbagbo.

But the results were overruled by the head of the Constitutional Council, a Gbagbo supporter, who cited vote-rigging in Ouattara's strongholds in the north, and on Saturday Gbagbo was sworn back into office.

Hours later the AU issued its statement saying it rejected "any attempt to create a fait accompli to undermine the electoral process and the will of the people..."

Such a move would further complicate "an already serious situation" and plunge the country into "a crisis of incalculable consequences", the African Union warned.

And it backed a moved to send South Africa's former president Thabo Mbeki to Ivory Coast to try to broker a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Accordingly, the AU "called on the parties to show the necessary restraint and to refrain from taking actions which will exacerbate an already fragile situation".

  • raymond.billson - 2010-12-05 14:04

    This election result will create a precedent for African Democracy. If the opposition are "allowed" to rule within the ambient of democracy we have a ruling that is going to make a statement that says - no more tyrants, corruption and exploitation of the people. This will run through africa like wildfire and allow Africa to grow and be worthy of a place in the world to live in and trade with based on democratic principles. If on the other hand it is overturned we will have a continent that becomes darker by the day - spiraling into slavery , abuse, run by military means and the so called elite of africa who only favour their own. As we have seen already the electronic networks have been closed down and the airports and borders closed. Is this a democratic group of people who care for the people - you make your decision....

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