Over the weekend, Ivory Coast saw a standoff between soldiers and the Ministry of Defense. On Jan. 6, disgruntled soldiers took control of the country’s second largest city, Bouaké. They demanded payment of bonuses, promotions and better living conditions. Many of the mutineers were former rebel fighters, from Ivory Coast’s civil war, which ended in 2011.
Tensions escalated as the mutiny spread to five other locations, including Ivory Coast’s commercial center, Abidjan. The defense minister, Alain-Richard Donwahi, negotiated with the soldiers on the evening of Jan. 7 and reached a deal to end the mutiny.
But confusion ensued when soldiers opened fire outside the house where Donwahi, local officials and journalists had conducted the negotiations.… Seguir leyendo »