Opposition slates state on Ivory Coast

2010-12-06 13:33

Opposition parties today criticised the government for not recognising Alassane Ouattara’s victory in presidential elections in Ivory Coast last week.

“The Democratic Alliance must register our disappointment with the Zuma administration’s studied reticence on the matter of this disputed election,” DA spokesperson Kenneth Mubu said.

He said he would write to International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane asking her to follow the United States and European Union in recognising Ouattara as the victor.

The outcome is heatedly contested by outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to step aside. Both Gbagbo and Ouattara have sworn themselves in as president. The African Christian Democratic Party said it was disappointed by the South African government’s decision to await the outcome of an African Union meeting before declaring its position on the Ivory Coast elections.

“The South African government must acknowledge the electoral commission’s decision, supported by independent observers, that opposition leader Alassane Ouattara has won the elections in Ivory Coast, and ask Gbagbo to step down,” ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe said.

“Their ‘wait and see’ attitude is a symptom of cowardice on government’s part and is not helping the democratic choice of the people of Ivory Coast.”

International mediators are trying to settle the stand-off between Gbagbo and his old rival Ouattara amid fears of renewed civil war in the west African nation.

Among them is former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who was dispatched to Abidjan by the African Union on Sunday.

After Mbeki held emergency talks with the two, Ouattara called on the mediator to demand Gbagbo quit, as his own allies declared they had formed a new government.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.