French and West African military intervention in Mali runs the risk of provoking revenge attacks by Islamic militants, spreading instability in a region rich in gold, uranium and cocoa, said analysts from Dakar to London.
Ivory Coast’s president, Alassane Ouattara , is rewarding the allies that stood by him during a post-election crisis with key posts being handed to an opposition coalition, said Gilles Yabi , West Africa director of the International Crisis Group.
Hopes for a peaceful solution to Ivory Coast’s political crisis were damped after President-elect Alassane Ouattara said rival Laurent Gbagbo would be ousted soon, while a spokesman for Gbagbo said any attempt to use force would be a “declaration of war.”
A group that backs Mali’s military junta said it wants coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo to head a transitional government after the country’s interim president was injured by protesters demanding his resignation.
Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara announced the reopening of the nation’s airspace after forces backing him said they seized the state broadcaster and attacked incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo ’s residence.
Ivory Coast ’s Interior Ministry and the opposition traded allegations of voter intimidation and irregularities as early results were announced by the electoral commission from yesterday’s presidential run-off election.