Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cede control of Abidjan airport to the Blue Helmets

Defence Forces and Security (FDS) of Laurent Gbagbo supporters relinquished control of the International Airport Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan to the Blue Helmets, said a policeman at the scene. The sources said a commander of the SDS ceded control of the Abidjan International Airport on the staff of the United Nations Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) without giving further explanations.

The witness also said that since today announced the presence of Republican Forces Abidjan Ivory Coast (Frei), that support Alassane Ouattara, recognized by the international community as the country's elected president, "the strength of Police have abandoned their camps and barracks. " As a result, no security force controlling the situation in Côte d'Ivoire's economic capital, and there have been some looting in the city, so were the French Army deployed troops and peacekeepers of the United Nations to ensure protection citizens and their property.

Local media meanwhile reported that several of the Gbagbo regime allies have fled Ivory Coast, as the president of the National Assembly, Mamadou Koulibaly, president of the National Assembly, Kipre Pierre, French ambassador to Ivory Coast the last election, and Marcel Gossio, the general director of the port of Abidjan.

All of them have sought asylum in Ghana, a country that already moved their families before the start of the crisis in Ivory Coast. The flight of Gbagbo supporters that occurs after Ouattara urge them today in a statement released by the RCI, state television to join the Frei, after which the general Detoh Letoh Firmin, Force Commander Land, appeared during news Ouattara announced his support.

"I decided to take responsibilities in the absence of the Chief of Staff of the Defence and Security Forces," said General Philippe Mangou, who announced this morning that the Government of South Africa, fled last night at the residence of its ambassador in Abidjan. "I put the Defence and Security Forces to the Chairman of Alassane Ouattara, who was elected democratically," said Firmin from the set of the news of the RCI.

The Commander of Land Forces was followed by Colonel Jules Yao Yao, a former military spokesman in Ivory Coast, who also made an appearance in the television studio and urged Gbagbo's supporters to join the Frei Ouattara. Also, the interior minister, Hamed Bakayoko, announced the closure of land borders "until further notice." Meanwhile, in Abidjan continued hearing gunshots throughout the day around the state television offices in the Cocody district, which forced residents to flee their homes.

In addition, Ouattara announced this afternoon the imposition of a curfew from tonight until Sunday morning at 21:00 local time (same GMT) until 06:00 hours, so that the streets of the financial capital Ivory Coast are deserted.

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