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Ramadan in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast, also known as Côte d’Ivoire, is located on the Atlantic coast in West Africa. It is famous for ivory, cocoa, and elephants. Its capital since 1983 has been Yamoussoukro, while Abidjan was the capital before that since 1933, and is still its economic capital. Ivory Coast was named as such because of the …

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Egypt inches towards return of militant fans to stadium terraces

Egypt may be inching towards a return to the stands of soccer fans who played a key role in the 2011 toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak, and have been barred entry into stadiums for much of the last five years. Clubs, players, and fans see a 28 June CAF Champions League match between storied Cairo …

James Dorsey

Ivory Coast opposition at hotel threatened

ABIDJAN: A fiery member of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo’s Cabinet urged supporters to seize a hotel where the internationally recognized winner of last month’s election has been organizing a shadow government under UN protection. Charles Ble Goude was quoted by a pro-Gbagbo newspaper Thursday as saying that Alassane Ouattara, whom the United Nations declared the …

DNE

Delegation leaves Ivory Coast without Gbagbo

ABIDJAN: West African leaders who delivered an ultimatum to Laurent Gbagbo to step down or face a military ouster left Ivory Coast late Tuesday without taking him into exile a month after the UN said he lost the disputed election. In a sign of escalating tensions in the country, the UN mission said that one …

DNE

West Africa delegation to confront Gbagbo

ABIDJAN: A delegation of West African leaders headed to Ivory Coast on Tuesday to confront Laurent Gbagbo and demand he step down from the presidency before he is forced out. Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma took off on a flight from Freetown, Sierra Leone, along with other officials from his government. The presidents of …

DNE

Ivory Coast: Gbagbo defiant as UN condemns siege

ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast’s deadly political stand-off escalated on Wednesday after a defiant Laurent Gbagbo insisted he is the one true president and his besieged rivals refused once again to talk with him. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern for the fate of the UN peacekeepers protecting Gbagbo’s opponent Alassane Ouattara, who is holed …

DNE

Pressure mounts on Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo to leave

ABIDJAN: West African leaders called Tuesday on Laurent Gbagbo to "yield power with dignity without further delay" weeks after the country’s disputed presidential runoff vote as international pressure mounted on him to step down. The regional bloc, ECOWAS, said Gbagbo’s demand that thousands of UN peacekeepers leave the volatile country "would further heighten tensions and …

DNE

EU to slap sanctions on 19 Ivorians, including Gbagbo

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Monday decided to slap visa bans on 19 Ivorians including incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, who is clinging onto power, diplomats said. The measures will take 24 to 48 hours before coming into force, the sources said. A decision to freeze assets for the 19 will be taken separately. The international …

DNE

Mission will fulfill Ivory Coast mandate, says UN chief

ABIDJAN: The secretary-general of the United Nations said its mandate in Ivory Coast will be fulfilled and he warned against attacks on UN personnel after the man who refuses to give up the presidency ordered thousands of peacekeepers to leave the country. A statement released late Saturday by a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon …

DNE

Ivory Coast crisis threatens peace, economy, say analysts

ABIDJAN: In Ivory Coast, two presidents plus two governments add up to one big crisis that raises the threat of armed conflict and undermines the economy for its impoverished people, analysts say. Clinging on after a decade in power, Laurent Gbagbo has defied pressure from much of the international community to stand aside for his …

DNE

UN, African leaders call on Gbagbo to step down

ABIDJAN: The top UN envoy in Ivory Coast told the Security Council that there was "only one winner" of the recent presidential election — and it’s not the incumbent Laurent Gbagbo. Speaking via video link Tuesday from Abidjan, Choi Young-jin urged the United Nations to take action against Gbagbo to safeguard the result of the …

DNE

Ivory Coast counts votes after deadly election violence

ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast counted the ballots Monday after a presidential vote marred by violence that left at least six people dead amid accusations of cheating on both sides. The electoral commission (CEI) said partial results were likely to be announced on Monday after Sunday’s vote, which aims to end a decade of instability in the …

DNE

Ivory Coast votes in election to reunite country

ABIDJAN: Polling stations opened nearly an hour late on Sunday in a long-overdue presidential election in Ivory Coast that is set to reunite the country eight years after a civil war divided it in two. Voters formed long lines outside of the polling stations in the main city of Abidjan after a nightly curfew went …

DNE

Gbagbo leads poll with partial result in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN: Partial results from an election aimed at reuniting war-divided Ivory Coast showed President Laurent Gbagbo with a slight lead Wednesday over the main opposition leader. Electoral commission spokesman Bamba Yacouba announced results from about half the country’s 5.7 million registered voters in a late night state television broadcast that stretched into the early hours …

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