Editorial: Ivory Coast Crisis European Dream

The situation in Ivory Coast demands our immediate attention as representatives of the African world. The time has long come for us to speak out against the machinations of the French and American governments in the affairs of the African continent. Clearly the interests of the French and the Americans are not the interests of the people of Ivory Coast and all claims of moral uprightness made by Western interests must be questioned. We realize that their interests, if history is our guide, are for material advantage, minerals, political puppets, and strategic positions for global control.

WHY there are so many Europeans and Americans vying for the right to ‘promote’ democracy in Ivory Coast  and not in Somalia, Egypt, Gaza or Western Sahara? Our position has always been critical against all actions, proposals, and attitudes that go  against the masses of African people, whether they come from the United Nations, ECOWAS, or the French government. The lessons of our African history  are quite clear and we seem to have not yet digested them drawing from the actions of the AU and ECOWAS today.The numerous ways the West  has subverted and continues to subvert democratically elected governments around the world should be a lesson that indeed they really do not care about democracy.(look at Gaza)  .On that note, it is only fair to conclude and emphasize that President Gbagbo will not  step aside because he is the certified winner of the presidential election in Ivory Coast. The actions of ECOWAS,The UN and others are actually subverting the true will of the Ivorian people.

By law, the disputed election was sent to the Constitutional Commission where the seven member panel –after examining evidence of vote fraud—rule d that 500,000 ballots were invalid. They declared Gbagbo the winner. He was sworn in—as directed by the country’s constituti on—as president. But unlike Gore, Ouatarra is hanging on after a constitutional court resolved the  election dispute. Could you imagine Al Gore holding his own swearing in ceremony? That’s what Ouatarra did without the approval of the Constitutional Council as required by Ivorian Law. Ouatarra has his own friends on the Electoral Commission . The commission president announced Alassane Ouatarra the winner. Not in the presence of representa tives of both campaigns, not in the presence of other members of the commission , not in the commission headquarters — all contrary to Ivorian law. Instead, he acted alone and made the announceme nt at the Golf Hotel, campaign headquarters for Ouatarra. Ouatarra was sworn in as president, but not by the Constitutional Council as required by law.

Lastly,The whole notion that Africans need to have European or western recognition in order for its Leaders to be legitimate is an EU/Western wet dream!(sic-there no  better way to describe it) Legitimacy has never been about what the international community wants or thinks.If that was the case Africa would still be colonized and South Africa would still be under white rule. Legitimacy stands on the shoulders of what is right and the will of  local people not on a global conspiracy pillared on political correctness in order to please powerful nations and their greedy interests .

President Gbagbo should not  step aside because he is the certified winner of the presidential election.We have dedicated the month of January to covering Ivory Coast


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