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INSIGHT - Cote d'Ivoire - update & impending crisis?

Released on 2012-08-06 13:00 GMT

Email-ID 1147942
Date 2010-05-01 22:57:53

CODE: no code... its my dad
PUBLICATION: Yes/background
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: my father... works via global outreach and nothing
but nets

My father just returned from Cote d'Ivoire...

Here are his findings from his trip + his dinner with Former Prime
Minister Daniel Duncan:

Elections are still stalled (of course). The President won't call
elections until he feels he can win.
The four opposition parties have come to this agreement: they will each
run their own candidate in the first round, but in the second round all
four opposition parties will consolidate behind their one candidate
against the president.

The change now is that the president is getting pressure from the
international community to call elections soon. The United Nations came to
visit recently and said that they won't give any more aid or investment to
Cote d'Ivoire until elections are called.

This could actually light a fire under his ass... the country counts on
that money to survive, as well as, is counting on that money to help stave
off a possible crisis in the future over electricity.

CRISIS: Cote d'Ivoire use to be an electricity exporter, but is now an
importer with HUGE interruptions in electricity. My father counted an
average of 6 interruptions a day - some lasting hours. The problem is the
aging electricity systems. The UN was looking to help with this, but they
won't consider such investment without a change politically.

STRIKES: The next big strike could come from the teachers, who have not
been paid in 4 months. Public schools may be shut down. Private schools
are still running because those have foreign backers, but the government
is suppose to be given stipens to those schools as well and hasn't for

SECURITY: Military was less present on this trip than in Feb (during the
riots) & April. Though they are still visible on the streets and holding
roadblocks everywhere. But there isn't any real large military equipment
on the streets anymore.