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What remains of Laurent Gbagbo’s Côte d’Ivoire?

Posted on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 17:22

The leading barons of the Front Populaire Ivorien (FPI), his former ruling party, are unrepentent and do not recognise their poor handling of the country over the past decade.

So says Mamadou Koulibaly, president of the national assembly and a hardliner under Gbagbo, who left his position as interim leader of the FPI to set up a new party in mid-July.

Côte d’Ivoire’s students and youth union – FESCI – which bred such violent leaders as Blé Goudé and was instrumental for Gbagbo to control the street, has also crumbled.

Of Gbagbo’s allies, 24 have been arraigned before the courts and transferred from the Pergola Hotel in Abidjan to Boundiali prison in the north.

These include Gbagbo’s financier and former regional governor of the BCEAO central bank, Philippe Henri Dacoury Tabley, as well as his former prime minister Gilbert Marie Aké N’Gbo.

The gendarmes, also loyal to their former boss, have clashed with the army, fighting openly in the streets of the economic capital.

Meanwhile, former First Lady, Simone Gbagbo and the former president, Laurent Gbagbo, who have been under house arrest in separate locations since the month of April, 2011, were charged with economic crimes on August 16 and 18, respectively. Mr. Gbagbo is accused of having used hundreds of millions of dollars of state funds in his attempt to remain in power.

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