At first glance, the situation in Ivory Coast is another case of a disputed election in a country where the president holds the central role in the political system. Following November’s election, the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, is refusing to accept his defeat by former prime minister Alassane Dramane Ouattara. Gbagbo is using his personal connections to the constitutional court to declare votes from Oattara’s northern strongholds invalid.
Ouattara was initially declared the winner with 54% of the ballot – and he disputes claims some of those votes were invalid. Subsequently, both men have sworn the presidency oath and presented their cabinets – to the bemusement of Ivorians and the international community.… Seguir leyendo »