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Anonymous Rebecca said...

There is actually significantly more to the Gbagbo story than is being told in the international community. Every single election monitor in the country cited numerous cases of intimidation and other irregularities, and if one actually reads their reports finds that they have hardly been called "fair and free" as in the press and diplomatic statements. Conveniently, some 70K extra voters find their way to the CEI registration list in the second round. Ballot boxes went missing, convoys carrying the ballots were attacked. I recently wrote a piece on some of the election irregularities, as reported by the main observers in the country.

The international community is only ensuring by calling a "winner" in this case that Gbagbo stays exactly where he is and that mediation is no longer a possibility.

As someone currently living in Cote D'Ivoire, and seeing first hand what is happening here, I have found the international media's coverage extremely disturbing. So many times their translations are COMPLETELY wrong, and their facts are distorted. We DO have access to international media, despite what is being written. Some stations were blocked, but many have found ways to de-scramble within a day. Internet is still available, with all the news sites in tact.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010 8:39:00 PM

Anonymous Shelby Grossman said...


How is the international community making it less likely that Gbagbo will leave by supporting Ouattara? My sense what that if the EU, Carter Center, etc had done anything other than what they did, Gbagbo would be under virtually no pressure to leave office.



Thursday, December 09, 2010 12:17:00 PM

Anonymous Rebecca said...


Any possibility for mediation of this conflict in the international community is now completely lost. Gbagbo is not leaving, that much is clear at this point; however, if a "winner" was not called, certain concessions could certainly have been made and mediation could have been at least a possibility. I think Gbagbo would have even been open to the possibility of another unity government again, which, although not the ideal situation, would be better than full out war again and would have a better chance to represent the true will of the people. Gbagbo is the type, when backed into a corner to start fighting even more vehemently.

Several other contested elections were held on the same day or within weeks of the Ivorian one. Why then, are the international community only calling a clear "winner" here and not in the other cases? It is more than clear to anyone who actually reads the reports or the election results that massive fraud happened by BOTH parties. Initially the international and local communities were citing 70% or under turnout (some citing as low as 65%). Why then, is it now being listed as over 80% and nearly 90% turnout in all the contested regions (not bloody likely!)? Considering the amount of people I know stayed home from the second round compared to the first, and the fact that there were most definitely shorter line ups during the second round that were clearly visible to anyone watching-- there is no way this is the truth. Yet somehow, some 70K more people voted in the second round from the first? Something is extremely fishy. The UN had cited prior to the election that if there were irregularities, they would need to be investigated; yet they didn't do this-- they ignored the observers reports completely and simply chose for themselves who they think should have won without a clear rationale. In fact, if one reads the UN statement from Choi, he does not even address what is actually being contested according to Gbagbo's camp, but rather makes up a completely new reason and his argument for his reasoning doesn't make sense in light of the actual results released.

Thursday, December 09, 2010 3:03:00 PM

Anonymous Rebecca said...

Many people I know here who are clear ADO supporters are also enraged at the gall of the international community to interfere in their politics in this manner, not just Gbagbo supporters. To speak on their behalf, without their consent, is just plain wrong.

Frankly, both candidates are going to do great amounts of evil in this country if left in power and I have no particular preference myself as to which is the least evil of the two. What I do have a MAJOR problem with is the lack of actual investigation that is being done here and the clear taking of sides by the international community. I also have a MAJOR problem with the lack of actual reporting being done by the international media. It is quite clear that election fraud has been perpetrated, but instead they all seem to regurgitate reports straight from one horse's mouth.

These results are not the will of the Ivorian people; instead, they are the will of two power-hungry despots and an international community who has clearly chosen their best working partner.

Thursday, December 09, 2010 3:03:00 PM

Anonymous Rebecca said...

I think an entire part of my comment didn't make it up here... dang! Lagging internet problems.
I actually had constructed a two part response to your question Shelby and the first seems to have disappeared so the second doesn't make as much sense.

Texas-- If it shows up, I'm sorry for posting again and please feel free to erase this comment!

Basically, my response was that either way, Gbagbo is/was staying in place. However-- the international community's response is making MEDIATION an impossibility. I think that Gbagbo would have been (hesitantly) open to the possibility of a type of unity government, that would have more accurately reflected the will of the people than Gbagbo alone. Now that chance is lost and civil war becomes more of a reality, which NO ONE wants. When backed into a corner, Gbagbo only gets more vicious.

Thursday, December 09, 2010 3:24:00 PM

Anonymous Shelby Grossman said...

Thanks for this response, Rebecca. Lots of food for thought.

Friday, December 10, 2010 1:27:00 PM


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