Ouattara announces new Cote d'Ivoire gov't without Gbagbo's party

16:16, June 02, 2011      

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Cote d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday announced a 36-member government without representation from the Popular Front party (FPI) of the country's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo.

The new government will be formed by members from the pro- Ouattara Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) and the civil society.

The new authorities had begun negotiations with Gbagbo's camp with a view of forming a government of national unity which would promote reconciliation between Cote d'Ivoire citizens.

However, during a meeting of the FPI in mid-May, the party's Vice President Mamadou Koulibaly said the party's entry into government was not a priority.

Gbagbo's camp subordinated its entry into government to the release of many of its officials including the ex-president and his wife.

Cote d'Ivoire is trying to find normality after a post-election crisis that plagued the country for almost five months.

President Ouattara had promised to form a government of national unity by mid-June in order to "ensure the country is back on track."

The new authorities said the post-election violence claimed lives of over 3,000 people and led to the displacement of over a million people.

Source: Xinhua
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