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Vol 52 No 5

Published 4th March 2011

Côte d'Ivoire

Peering into the abyss

Armed supporters of Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of 2010’s election, take on forces and militia loyal to Laurent Gbagbo

The United Nations, which supervised and certified last year’s vote, now warns of a return to civil war. After its consultations failed to make progress, the African Union is extending the mandate of its High Level Panel on Côte d’Ivoire until the end of March. Officials may be hoping that the weight of sanctions will have driven out Laurent Gbagbo by then (AC Vol 52 Nos 3 & 4).

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