Former Malian Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was seen winning a presidential run-off as he pledged to restore state authority after an army coup and French intervention to quash a rebellion in the north.
Former Malian Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita appears set to win a presidential run-off vote on Aug. 11 with a pledge to restore state authority after an army coup and French intervention to quash a rebellion in the north.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.