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December 04, 2010

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John Dinga

Nice reminder! Of course the similarities are limited in that the present case of Ivory Coast places the opposition leader and winner in the camp of powerful regional (ECOWAS) and international (EU, UN) backing.
Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo has a lot of odds against him especially if the international community digs its heels and sticks to the legitimate winner, Alassane Ouattara.

Ba Forkwa (presently in Abidjan).

Hello Dibussi, thanks for the succinct and informative piece, as always. For once, the regional body (ECOWAS) and the international community are on the same page and have acted swiftly. Alassane Ouattara has another asset in his toolkit: on Thursday evening, the 'New Forces' or rebels that control the northern part of Cote d'Ivoire, recognized Alassane Ouattara as 'Head of State' and pledged their allegiance to him. With every passing hour, it is difficult to imagine this situation could be resolved peacefully. As we Cameroonians prepare for our own presidential election in 2011, one of many lessons to draw from this unfolding saga is that when dealing with autocrats, it no longer suffices to win at the ballot box; one must be prepared to defend one's votes and one's victory by mobilizing the kind of support Ouattara has garnered in the last few days. We hope the truth prevails here.

John Dinga

Just one month ago, US security services arrested an Ivorian military official and his accomplice shopping for weapons in spite of the UN embargo on that African country. The arrested man's country's officials were quick to offer the lame excuse that the forces of the Opposition would beat the government forces if measures were not put in place to counter. So if that were the case, why do it in hiding and furtively behind the United Nations?

One sad eye opener is the contribution of the judiciary in keeping African dictators in office. By ignoring the electoral commission's results and proclaiming the loser president over Ivory Coast, that country's Constitutional Court has done exactly what was done in Cameroon in 1992. Why are judges so besotted to the executive?
Any wonder why citizens resort to picking up arms to seek redress when the courts fail them?

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SJ

"Ouattara was first declared the winner by the country’s election commission and then the Constitutional Court stepped in a day later to declare Gbagbo the winner."

The electoral commision provides provisional results. The Constitutional Court or Council provides the final results. The Constitutional Council is the only body empowered to declare the winner!

We must learn to obey the law and follow its laid down procedures and not be bambozzled by the incompetent and corrupt western media barrage attempting to place another murderous western lackey and puppet in power on the continent.

-The electoral commission had 3 days to declare the provisional results. It was unable to do so.

-The very electoral commission claimed that the voter turn out was 70% when the polls closed, but the provisional results they declared showed a participation of 81% (with over 630,000 magically re-appearing votes). This was the discrepancy that resulted in the electoral commission being unable to declare the provisional results within their legally mandated timeframe.

-The president of the electoral commission declared the provisional results at the Hotel of the puppet-to-be, under guard of the UN and rebel forces, leaving his fellow commissioners in limbo!

Ouatarra, by the admission of the rebels, is their sponsor. He has formented death and destruction with the backing of France in order to illegally take power because Gbagbo did act like Campaore, or Eyadema, or Bongo, or Biya, or Sassou Nguesso. Gbagbo wanted no part of the francafrique cabal that has kept French Africa the poorest and most repressive region on the continent filled with corrupt dictators.

Today, with the backing of France, and unbeleivably, the rudderless Obama administration under the guise of that nonsense called the "International Community", they seek to subvert Ivoirian law and constitution to illegally hand over power to a man responsible for so much death and destruction in Cote d'Ivoire.

After eight years of refusing to disarm the rebels who occupy the north, they pressured Gbagbo to conduct elections in a partitioned country to finalise their illegal power grab in Cote D'Ivoire that began in 2002.

Well, France is about to initiate another Rwanda-like scenario in west Africa because France's puppet, Ouatarra WILL NEVER GOVERN COTE D'IVOIRE. But this time, it will sorrowfully be with the active implication of another democratic administration in Washington headed by an individual who a couple of years held so much promise. What a shame.

wantim

I don't care who wins in Cote d'Ivoire but I am shocked out of my boots by your wild assertion that Ouattara is a "murderous lackey" while Gbagbo is just anoher African "nationalist" like Biya in 1992 against the US, Mugabe against the West in 2007. Shame on your Mr. So much for our Southern Cameroons democrats....

SJ

Stay shocked my friend. Obviously, you have nothing to say.

Hongla Duke

SJ, I am not sure which Ivorian law you've been reading. Something definitely got lost in the translation: This is what the "Ordonnance n°2008-133 du 14 avril 2008 portant ajustement électoral pour les élections générales de sortie de crise" in its Article 64 (new:

"Dans le cas où le Conseil constitutionnel constate des irrégularités de nature à entacher la sincérité du scrutin et à en affecter le résultat d'ensemble, il prononce l'annulation de l'élection et notifie sa décision à la Cei qui en informe le représentant du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies et le représentant spécial du Facilitateur à toutes fins utiles. La date du nouveau scrutin est fixée par décret pris en Conseil des ministres sur proposition de la Cei. Le scrutin a lieu, au plus tard, 40 jours à compter de la date de la décision du Conseil constitutionnel"

"Dans le cas où le Conseil constitutionnel constate des irrégularités de nature à entacher la sincérité du scrutin et à en affecter le résultat d'ensemble, il prononce l'annulation de l'élection et notifie sa décision à la Cei qui en informe le représentant du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies et le représentant spécial du Facilitateur à toutes fins utiles. La date du nouveau scrutin est fixée par décret pris en Conseil des ministres sur proposition de la Cei. Le scrutin a lieu, au plus tard, 40 jours à compter de la date de la décision du Conseil constitutionnel"

loosely translated: "In the event where the Constitutional Council determines that there have been iorregularities that have an impact on the outcome of the elections, it announces the cancellation of the elections and informs the electoral commission of its decision. the commission then informs the represntative of the UNited Nations... The date for new elections is fixed by the council of ministers at the demand of the electoral commission. The new elections must take place no later than 40 days from the decision of the constitutional council"

Fact 1: Constitutional Council determines that there were gross irregularities in 7 northern regions which have imacted on the outcome of election results

Fact 2: Council annuls results in the 7 northen region but instead of informing electoral council and UN and beginning the process of organizing new elections in these regions, it ILLEGALLY declares Gbagbo the winner without counting the Northern votes.

I have been a sympathizer of Gbagbo all along but I am also one who believes in the rule of law and on that basis, it is obvious to me that Gbabgo has been declared the winner based on Partial Results, results illegally declared by the CC. Until the results of the 7 northern regions are counted or new elections held in the region, Gbagbo will be an illegal and illegitimate president in my view - and that is the view of all right thinking people.

SJ

“La CEI procède aux opérations de collecte et à la proclamation des résultats provisoires du scrutin, au niveau national et en présence des représentants des candidats”, stipule l’article 59 nouveau du code électoral. “Le résultat définitif de l’élection du président de la république est proclamé par le Conseil constitutionnel, après examen des réclamations éventuelles et publié selon la procédure, dans les 7 jours de la réception des procès verbaux”, nous dit in fine l’article 94 de la Constitution ivoirienne. Enfin, en vertu de l’accord de Pretoria, le représentant spécial de l’ONU certifie le scrutin en tant qu'observateur."

Since the battle lines have been drawn, all we have to do is watch the adversaries do battle. This is a war that must be fought against France in Africa. Every generation of Africans must fight in their own way until the final victory. It took almost 500 years for African-Americans.

If France wins like they did in Cameroun, Congo-Brazza etc. they win. If the lose like the did in Rwanda, the lose!

SJ

Should read: "If they lose like the did in Rwanda, they lose!"

The Observer

So let the war between the French "murderous western lackey" and the "genocial psuedo-nationalist Ethno-fascist" begin. Make strong man helep himself.

In the meantime, when King Biya "steals" the elections in Cameroon next year a la Gbagbo, let our nationalists not come whining about "democracy" because they have obviously determined that democracy can be jettisoned if need be...

KFW

Democracy is not that sacrosanct...sorry.

I'll take an inept, buffoonish, barbaric 'genocidal pseudo-nationalist' baboon over a 'murderous western lackey' finance genuis.

You know the neo-liberal defenders are running out of arguments when they start injecting nthe situation in Cameroon as redherring, but as a basis to score cheap sentimental points.

Biya can rule for the next 300yrs so long as Nicolas Sarkozy, Sussan Rice, Alassane Ouatarra, the UN, the AU, France24, and all those defenders of the Imperial dominion do not get what the want: the departure of Laurent Gbagbo.

Biya man

KFW, democracracy is not sacrosanct so too is freedom, independence, nationalism and all the long litany of communist mirages. Biya WILL rule Cameroon for as long as his want. And Gbabgo will rule as long as he wants. Folks like us will just be giddy with excitement because Biya will be paying Cameroonian "Gbagboists" like the fake UPC and the emasculated SDF in their own coins. You can say what you want but 2011 will be an exciting time for some of us. Papa Fonf of Fons Biya I beg show dem pepper!!

KFW

Biya will win next year's election in Cameroon. In fact, he deserves to win,and should win...why shouldn't he? The man has put his pocket [national treasury] where his mouth is...
Alassane Ouattara, the financial wiz/messiah, will not be president of the Ivory Coast.

evenya

Just stumbled across this by accident: "Alassane Ouattara, the financial wiz/messiah, will not be president of the Ivory Coast." Great one for the history books!!!

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