Gbagbo removal ‘will cause problems’

2011-04-12 10:42

The forceful removal of Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo from power will cause more problems for that country rather than solve its electoral dispute, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) said today.

“I agree with John Laughland [of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, based in Paris] that the shooting at Gbagbo’s residence by UN forces has fatally damaged the authority of the United Nations as a neutral body,” ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe said in a statement.

“Indeed we have seen UN aggression in Ivory Coast, and not their mediation and peacekeeping. As it is widely believed that Allassane Ouattara does not belong to a political party, it will be interesting to see for how long the coalition of parties that have backed him thus far will remain loyal to him, and whether he will still be in power by the end of this year,” he said.

AFP reported that 536 people were killed in west Ivory Coast since the end of March. According to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the majority of those killed were in the town of Duekoue.

Last week the international relations and co-operation department said a report that South Africa had offered Gbagbo asylum was “absolutely false”.

“It is absolutely not true. South Africa has not made any offer for asylum and that report is false,” said spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

Gbagbo (65) has held power since 2000 and refused to step down after he lost the presidential election to Ouattara in November, AFP said.

He was detained yesterday in the Golf Hotel with his wife Simone and son Michel. They where guarded by UN police.

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