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According to residents and correspondents in Bouake, the second city in Ivory Coast, West Africa, the rebellion over national soldiers’ pay appears to have passed after troops seized the defense minister Alain-Richard Donwahi during negotiations and a deal between them and the government has been struck after two days of unrest.

The mutiny began in Bouake on Friday, with some soldiers firing rocket-launchers and went on the day after when they took over the army headquarters in Abidjan, the economic capital and largest city of the country. Later, the protests took place in the cities of Man, Daloa, Daoukro, Odienne and Korhogo as well, and raised fears of a resurgence of the violence seen during Ivory Coast’s 10-year civil war which ended in 2011.

The soldiers demanded bonuses and better working conditions through a rebellion, which has paralyzed the entire country for some days. Moreover, some of them are thought to be former rebels who joined the army after the Civil war and helped the President Alassane Ouattara take power in the same year.

The President Ouattara, on national TV on Saturday, announced that a deal had been reached since he has agreed to take into account the demands of the soldiers even if he has criticized the “inappropriate” manner of making demands.


The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Sunday, 8 January 2017