Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Cote d'Ivoire: trouble again?

There may be trouble in paradise.

The New Forces rebel group(s) returned to the power sharing transitional grovernment a week ago ... and now a report that they have disagreed with President Gbagbo over the necessity of referendums on new land ownership and national identity laws.
While recognising the constitutional right of the president directly to petition the public on matters of state, the former rebels have said "putting these questions to a referendum runs the risk of blocking the implementation of the peace accords"
The BBC story has a more provocative quote from Guillaume Soro of the New Forces.
"We think that a good re-reading of the...[peace accord] will lead all Ivorian political actors to agree that there cannot be several referendums," he was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.
If you have time and are so inclined, you can read through the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement and see which of them is in the right.

For more on the land ownership and national identity laws, go here.