Gnaka Lagoke

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Ivory Coast Crisis Intensifies as Anti-Gbagbo Forces Surround Presidential Palace

Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo is battling to remain in power as rival Alassane Ouattara?s forces surround the main city of Abidjan. Much of the fighting is concentrated around Gbagbo?s heavily fortified presidential palace. Ouattara?s forces are estimated to control as much as 80 percent of the Ivory Coast. We speak to Corinne Dufka, senior researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, and Ivory Coast political analyst Gnaka Lagoke of AfricanDiplomacy.com.

Posted by Gnakouma on April 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM 2616 Views

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Reply Dr. BEKROU in Abidjan
8:13 PM on April 2, 2011 
Dr. BEKROU says...
Congratulations Gnaka for this great interview... You were straight to the point and very sharp in your answers. I liked and agreed with the idea that you brought forth stating that the situation cannot be oversimplified into a mere devil v. angel game or bad loser (Gbagbo) v. pro-democracy leader. M. Ouattara has no known record whatsoever for democratic achievement anyway. Also, please let is be known that the UN was involved in the elections in Cote d'Ivoire to certify the PROCESS and not some results. M. CHOI failed in that mission and that is the cause of the post-electoral crisis. The military option is, of course, not a smart move. It sends the WRONG message that it is OK if you the RIGHT connections in the international community to sponsor a Coup d'Etat in order the become President...
Reply Dr. BEKROU
7:57 PM on April 2, 2011 
Congratulations Gnaka for this great interview... You were straight to the point and very sharp in your answers. I liked and agreed with the idea that you brought forth stating that the situation cannot be oversimplified into a mere devil v. angel game or bad loser (Gbagbo) v. pro-democracy leader. M. Ouattara has no known record whatsoever for democratic achievement anyway. Also, please let is be known that the UN was involved in the elections in Cote d'Ivoire to certify the PROCESS and not some results. M. CHOI failed in that mission and that is the cause of the post-electoral crisis. The military option is, of course, not a smart move. It sends the WRONG message that it is OK if you the RIGHT connections in the international community to sponsor a Coup d'Etat in order the become President...