Gbagbo staying is 'a blow to democracy'

2011-01-17 20:26

Abidjan - An African Union envoy says allowing Ivory Coast's incumbent leader to stay in office would be a "deadly blow" to democracy on the continent.

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is headed back to Ivory Coast on Monday in yet another effort to persuade Laurent Gbagbo to cede power nearly two months after the presidential election.

His visit marks the fifth time in as many weeks that an African leader has come to speak to the defiant Gbagbo.

Results tallied by the electoral commission and certified by the United Nations showed Gbagbo lost to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.

Regional leaders have threatened to consider a military intervention to oust Gbagbo if he continues to cling to power.

  • Chibuli - 2011-01-17 21:53

    Fellow Africans... stop being toothless fairies and remove Gbagbo with force. Show the world that Africa will not accept dictatorship over democracy.

      ramutlat - 2011-01-18 03:22

      My friend stop being fool, does your country have constitution at all? Did your stupid president sworn-in at the hotel? or did electoral commission of your corrupt country announced the election results without presence of your country constitutional council? or the result being proclaimed at the opposition headquarters? Even in France there was cancellation of controversial results at some places. Go and REMOVE him yourself, you stupid fool.

      Wow! - 2011-01-18 07:37

      Ramutlat - you are the stupd fool. The elections were observed by independent observers and they confirmed that Gagbo lost. He MUST be ostracized by ever sane person.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-01-17 22:19

    Well they did not have the balls to oust another dictator that recently lost an election - Robert Mugabe.

      ramutlat - 2011-01-18 03:30

      Yes, why did them remove R. Mugabe or Kibaki but interested in President Gbagbo? all because of their selfish interest.

  • Chamu - 2011-01-17 22:23

  • Bill - 2011-01-17 22:24

    Africa does not understand democracy! This is a prime example of Africa at it's best! Power hungry, money hungry idiots, who care a toss about the people and only care for their own personal greed. I wish the world would wake up to these assholes and stop walking on egg shells around them…

      ramutlat - 2011-01-18 03:26

      Indeed, prime example of Africa to tell us afterward that African democracy is not working by overturning the decision of the country constitutional right. You dirty smelling idiot.

  • Wonderboy - 2011-01-17 22:41

    We (South Africa) will probably vote against force in the UN security council when the matter comes to hand. So Africa just marches on. Democracy is just a way to achieve power but not to relinquish it.

      Alibaba - 2011-01-18 07:15

      Now you're talking. I see the first mistake they made was to send that other champion of what's right or wrong, the chief of quiet diplomacy, the greatest...Old Thabo himself as a special envoy to go and solve the mess. He probably was the first one to tell Gbagbo to stay. And you can bet your bottom dollar the great saviours of human raaits the Good Old R of SA will vote against removing this guy at the UN security council, and that will just be the first muck-up in our one-year tenure. Remember we have a lot to live up to - in our previous stint we voted against doing anything in Zim, and against doing anything in Burma...and now that it's fashionable we have the audacity to be screaming with the rest of the world about the injustice to Ang Sun Sun Sun Suk or whatever her name is!

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