Thursday, August 28, 2003

Cote d'Ivoire: more details on accusation against PM

Late yesterday, Pascal Affi Nguessan, a former prime minister and current head of President Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front party, accused current Prime Minister Seydou Diarra of being involved in the alleged plot to assassinate Gbagbo.

Nguessan told reporters, "We can prove the prime minister guilty of incitement and complicity in destabilisation."

The proof he offered reporters .... that the France-based plot unfolded shortly after Diarra visited Paris.

According to this Reuters story, Diarra did meet with opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, "... a northern Muslim, who is reviled by Gbagbo supporters and accused of backing last year's rebellion."

But accusations against Diarra should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt. Here's a bit more from the article linked above.
Following Diarra's appointment, rebels finally joined Gbagbo's team in April and the war was officially declared over in July.

But the peace process has stalled because of a row over who should control the defence and security ministries [problem compounded by Gbagbo's reluctance to move on the issues -- which Diarra has complained publically about].

Many Gbagbo loyalists accuse Diarra, himself a northerner, of sympathising with the rebel New Forces -- many of whom also have their origins in the mainly Muslim north.
For more BG, click here to jump to yesterday's post on Cote d'Ivoire.