| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help force jihadists out of key northern cities. To this day, 4,000 French troops remain in the country and across the Sahel region. "(Choosing) Bamako as the venue is an act of confidence after the intervention," Ayrault told journalists as the...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Talks gathering some 30 African states and France begin in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on Africa's battle against jihadists and bid to improve its democratic record. The summit, also due to take in the migrant crisis, will see foreign ministers gather first, with heads of state expected to follow Saturday, according to Malian and French conference organisers. Many of the nations taking part were once ruled by France, which in recent years has boosted its military involvement in the continent. Several English-speaking African countries will also be present. In a bid to help crush the growing jihadist threat, France has trained more than 20,000 African soldiers every year since a Paris summit in 2013,...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/17)
French troops deployed in Mali have arrested a key suspect in a deadly beach attack in Ivory Coast that left 19 people dead last year, Malian security sources said Thursday. The French military confirmed its troops had carried out an arrest on Monday. "French troops ... arrested a mastermind of the attack on Grand Bassam," a Malian security source said. On March 13 last year, three assailants armed with grenades and assault rifles stormed three hotels in Grand Bassam, a beachside resort popular with foreigners 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Abidjan. The attack, the first of its kind in the Ivory Coast, was claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which has also carried out assaults on tourist hotspots in...
(AFP (eng) 01/11/17)
Football: We will raise our game, vows Ivorian Kalou Fbl | Afr | 2017 | CIV | Kalou Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Wednesday 1/11/2017 - 04:15 UTC+2 | 355 words Veteran striker Salomon Kalou believes the Ivory Coast will raise their game after a poor qualifying campaign and win a second successive Africa Cup of Nations title. The Elephants looked anything but defending African champions as they struggled to make the 2017 tournament in Gabon from a group including modest rivals Sierra Leone and Sudan. Ivory Coast survived a late goalmouth scare to draw 1-1 at home against Sierra Leone last September and finish just one point above their final matchday opponents in the standings. The form of the...
(AFP (eng) 01/11/17)
Ivory Coast want Crystal Palace flier Wilfried Zaha to replace injured Gervinho as they try to become only the fourth country to successfully defend the Africa Cup of Nations title. Egypt have achieved the feat three times in the 60-year-old African football showcase and Ghana and Cameroon once each. But two of those successful defences came when the competition was in its infancy with much smaller fields than the 16 teams who will challenge for glory in Gabon from Saturday. After the Ivorian Elephants achieved the first of their two Cup of Nations triumphs 25 years ago, they finished third when defending the title after falling to Nigeria in the semi-finals. Abidjan-born Zaha was brought up in England and made...
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday named outgoing premier Daniel Kablan Duncan as the country's first vice-president. Making his announcement before parliament, which was meeting in special session, Ouattara described the 73-year-old as "devoted, a loyal collaborator" and "a patriot and great servant of the state." The new post of vice-president was set up under constitutional changes voted by referendum and approved in November. Some analysts have said the new VP could be well-placed to step into Ouattara's shoes in the future. Duncan's nomination comes a day after he and his government resigned following legislative elections in December. A new prime minister has yet to be named. Meanwhile former rebel leader Guillaume was re-elected parliament speaker on Monday. Also...
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
Ivory Coast initiated a post-election reshuffle on Monday and fired the heads of its armed forces and police after a brief army mutiny that stoked security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. President Alassane Ouattara issued a statement saying he had accepted the resignations of Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and the cabinet, who would stay in office until their replacements were appointed. The decision had been widely expected, coming on the heels of a legislative elections last month won by the governing coalition. Separately, a presidential statement read on TV said Alassane Ouattara had signed three decrees ordering major changes in top security ranks.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/10/17)
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara dismissed the heads of the army, police and gendarmes on Monday after a two-day military mutiny that spread unrest across the West African nation, according to a presidency statement. Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan also resigned and dissolved the government, a move that had been expected after elections last month but which was delayed two days by the weekend uprising. Disgruntled soldiers demanding the payment of bonuses and wage increases began their revolt on Friday, seizing control of Bouake, the second largest city, before troops in military camps in cities and towns across the country joined the mutiny. Army chief General Soumaila Bakayoko - the former military head of a 2002-2011 rebellion, who has become...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially in Africa where the president-elect has said little about his foreign policy agenda for the continent. Not surprisingly, Trump’s unpredictable, provocative style is sparking widespread concern across the continent as to whether the United States plans to remain engaged in...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Ivory Coast's prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan resigned along with his government Monday, a day after the end of a short-lived army mutiny that raised security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. Although the resignation is standard procedure as it follows legislative elections in December, it comes at a time of mounting speculation that former rebel leader Guillaume Soro engineered Friday's mutiny as he is angling for the prime ministerial post or the vice presidency. Ivorian state employees meanwhile began a five-day strike on Monday to protest against pension cuts ranging from 30 to 50 percent and a plan to raise the retirement age from 55 to 60. "The strike affects all sectors -- especially education, health and territorial...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/09/17)
Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan resigned and dissolved the government on Monday, a move that had been expected following elections last month but which was delayed two days by an army mutiny. Duncan had been expected to stand down on Saturday, but held off after dissident soldiers took over army bases in cities across the West African country on Friday demanding bonus payments. It took 48 hours to reach the deal to quell the revolt in an army that is made up of government troops and former rebels and riven with divisions. "I have tendered my resignation and that of the government," he said after a meeting with President Alassane Ouattara. Ouattara kept hold of his majority in...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results in brackets with W denoting a win, D a draw and L a loss): FAVOURITES Egypt (WWW) Back among the elite and in good form. After winning three consecutive Cup of Nations titles, they failed to qualify for the past...
(AFP (eng) 01/08/17)
vory Coast soldiers on Sunday ended a two-day mutiny in the second city Bouake and other key areas after reaching a deal on their demands for pay rises, housing and faster promotion. "There has been no firing since Saturday night," a local journalist in Bouake said. "Traffic has resumed this morning and the shops have reopened." One of the leaders of the mutiny in the world's top cocoa producer said he was "happy with the turn of events" after soldiers returned to their barracks. "All we are asking is for the president to be attentive to the living conditions of soldiers," he said on condition of anonymity.
(AFP (eng) 01/07/17)
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara announced Saturday he has reached an agreement with soldiers who seized the second city Bouake in an pay protest that spread to the economic capital Abidjan. "I confirm my agreement to take into account the demands relating to bonuses and improving the living conditions of soldiers," Ouattara said in a brief declaration broadcast on television. "Having given my agreement, I ask all soldiers to go back to their barracks to allow decisions to be carried out calmly," he added, without giving details of the deal. The announcement came after shots rang out at a military base in Abidjan as soldiers put up barricades in the city, a day after troops took over Bouake, firing rocket...
(AFP (eng) 01/07/17)
Gunshots rang out inside a military base in an upscale neighbourhood of Abidjan on Saturday in the latest bout of unrest following a mutiny by troops in the north over wages. "Shots were heard here in Abidjan at the Akouedo military base," a newsflash on national television said, referring to a camp in the northern sector of the city, which is Ivory Coast's economic capital. Troops closed off a large junction near the Akouedo base, leaving all roads leading to the camp gridlocked with traffic and hampering access to several neighbouring districts, witnesses and an AFP correspondent said.
(AFP (eng) 01/07/17)
Ivory Coast's defence minister on Saturday headed to the northern city of Bouake where troops have seized control, firing rocket launchers in the streets in an angry protest over pay. As the country's second city, Bouake was the headquarters of an armed rebellion that broke out in 2002 and split Ivory Coast in two until 2011. The unrest erupted in the early hours of Friday morning with troops demanding hefty pay rises, and the protests quickly spread to other cities, including Man in the west. "We are going to talk with our men, hear their complaints and find solutions to this situation that is understandable but regrettable," Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi said in a televised address before his departure. The...
(AFP (eng) 01/07/17)
Trucks carrying thousands of tonnes of cocoa have been blocked in the main port of Ivory Coast, the world's top producer, as authorities have temporarily stalled exports, sources said Friday. There are nearly "700 trucks blocked here at the port in Abidjan," Ivory Coast's economic capital, said Moussa Kone, head of the national cocoa producers' union. He said trucks filled with cocoa have also been stranded in San Pedro, the country's second port, for several days. "Since December 22, we have been coming here in trucks filled with cocoa but are not being received by the authorities at Abidjan port,"
(AFP (eng) 01/06/17)
Soldiers demanding more pay and housing rose up in several cities around Ivory Coast on Friday, raiding arms depots and taking control of streets, residents and officials said. The uprising began in Bouake, the country's second city and onetime rebel stronghold, where heavy weapons fire was heard in the streets, before spreading to two other major urban centres. In Bouake, soldiers "broke into the armoury of the 3rd Battalion", arming themselves with rocket-launchers and other weapons mounted on pickup trucks, a military source said. Troops also took to the streets in the large western town of Daloa and at Korhogo in the north of Ivory Coast, Africa's leading cocoa-producing nation, according to residents and army sources. "It's a mutiny by...
(AFP (eng) 01/06/17)
Demobilized soldiers in the town of Bouake, located in central Ivory Coast, have seized weapons from police stations and taken up positions at entry points into the city. A local journalist and a military officer confirmed to Reuters news agency that gunfire erupted as the former soldiers went on rampage overnight. Bouake was once the center of control of rebels after the failed overthrow of Laurent Gbagbo. “The city is under the control of former (soldiers) who fired shots around 2 a.m. (0200 GMT) while taking arms from the city’s police stations,” said the army officers, who spoke by telephone from Bouake
(Reuters (Eng) 01/06/17)
Gunfire erupted overnight in the central Ivory Coast city of Bouake as demobilized soldiers seized weapons from police stations and took up positions at entry points into the city, military sources said on Friday. Heavy shooting was heard at around 2 a.m. (0200 GMT) before later easing, residents said, and sporadic gunfire continued into the late morning. "The city is under the control of former (soldiers)," said an army officer, who spoke by telephone from Bouake. "There are many of them at the north and south entrances to the city. We are on alert and await instructions from the hierarchy." An officer at the West African nation's military headquarters in the commercial capital Abidjan said reinforcements had been sent to...

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