Will West African intervention save or detonate Ivory Coast?

6 01 2011

Unless you live under a rock, you should probably know that one of the biggest issues facing Africa right now surrounds the failed election process in Ivory Coast.

AU suspends Ivory Coast

In November after nearly 10 years Ivory Coast finally held a Presidential election, and as is usually the sad reality where African elections are involved, the world waited with baited breath to see if democracy would be peaceably served. Fast-forward a few months and what do we have? A mess! There has been no unequivocal ruling from the country’s electoral commission to say who actually won the election. But the UN, AU, USA, EU and most of the international community believe that incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo lost to his rival a former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara.

Some say he lost. Others, that he won through bullying tactics and forcing people to vote. At this point it is hard to know, what to think. It doesn’t help that the UN, EU and USA were the first ones to say he lost either; it fuels fears of neo-colonialism and Western intervention in matters they do not understand.

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