Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ivory Coast Soldiers End Their Rebellion

Reuters: Ivory Coast soldiers agree to end mutiny, return to barracks

Renegade troops in Ivory Coast accepted a government proposal on bonuses and returned to barracks on Tuesday, ending a mutiny that had closed businesses, shut major roads and threatened years of economic progress in the world's top cocoa producer.

The dissident soldiers, mostly former rebels who helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, rejected an earlier offer late on Monday. But a spokesman for the mutineers said the deal was amended overnight.

"We accept the government's proposal ... We are returning to barracks now," said Sergeant Seydou Kone, speaking in the city of Bouake where the revolt began last Friday before quickly spreading. Some of the 8,400 mutineers had already received the bonuses agreed under the new deal by midday, he said.

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More News On Ivory Coast Soldiers Ending Their Rebellion

Ivory Coast says deal reached with mutinous soldiers -- FOX News/AP
Ivory Coast mutiny: Soldiers agree deal with government -- BBC
Ivory Coast rebel troops say they accept deal to end mutiny -- DW
Ivory Coast soldiers accept deal to end mutiny -- Al Jazeera
Ivory Coast soldiers begin receiving bonuses: mutiny spokesman -- Reuters

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