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Vol 52 No 18

Published 9th September 2011

Côte d'Ivoire

Bringing peace to the military

Gbagbo’s party has all but collapsed but an unruly coalition of poorly disciplined soldiers is a serious challenge

Laurent Koudou Gbagbo’s previously ruling Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI) has quickly followed its master into obscurity and irrelevance since he was ousted on 11 April. The same cannot be said for the armed forces, which remain divided and difficult to control. President Alassane Dramane Ouattara is attempting to stabilise the military by reconciling former opponents while seeking to remove undisciplined elements. He sees this as a key component to economic recovery but the results are very mixed so far.

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