Entries in Alassene Outarra (4)


Ivory Coast to Resume Chocolate Exports Following Civil Unrest

Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock(ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast) --- The African nation of Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest cocoa producer, announced plans Wednesday to resume shipments of the delicious commodity after civil unrest halted exports, causing cocoa futures prices to rise to their highest level since 1979.

Approximately 400,000 tons of cocoa have accumulated on docks in Ivory Coast cities since the country fell into turmoil over President Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to resign and admit defeat after losing a national election.

Gbagbo was finally ousted Monday after opposition forces, supported by French and United Nations troops, captured him in the capital city of Abidjan.

International sanctions halted cocoa exports as part of an effort to choke off Gbagho’s economic resources and force him from office.

His successor, President Alassane Ouattara, who is internationally recognized as the winner of the election, told reporters that cocoa exports would resume immediately.´╗┐

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Ivory Coast Violence Leaves 800 Dead

SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images(DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast) -- Intercommunal violence in the western Ivory Coast city of Duekoue has left at least 800 people dead.

The International Committee of the Red Cross called the scale and brutality of the event shocking.

The violence is part of a continued political upheaval between forces loyal to the U.N.-recognized president Alassane Ouattara and the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo.

The two forces have been battling for power since Ouattara was named the winner of November's presidential election and Gbagbo refused to leave office, claiming that he, not Ouattara was victorious.

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One Million People Estimated to Have Fled Ivory Coast Port

ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire) -- UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, reports that a million people may have fled the Ivory Coast port city of Abidjan in the wake of violence over President Laurent Gbagbo's disputed election.

Residents have fled from the dense neighborhoods of the city due fears of escalating violence between Gbagbo and his opponent Alassane Ouattara, both of whom allege to have won November's presidential election.

450 people have been reported dead since violence erupted.

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Political Standoff in Ivory Coast Becoming More Deadly

Photo Courtesy - ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast) -- A political stand-off may be coming to a violent climax in Ivory Coast, as clashes between supporters of opposing politicians rock the country. 

Dozens have reportedly been killed, as incumbent President Laurent Bgagbo continues to refuse to cede power to rival Alassene Outarra, who is widely believed to have won the country's presidential election last year. 

More than 200,000 refugees have fled the violence in fear that the West-African nation is sliding into civil war.

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