Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Gbagbo must go - ex-rebel leader

06 December 2010, 12:22

Paris - The head of the former rebel movement that split the Ivory Coast, now supporting one of two "presidents" disputing rule of the country, said on Monday that Laurent Gbagbo must go.

Guillaume Soro, who backs fellow former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara's claim to have won last month's election, said he had asked AU envoy Thabo Mbeki to persuade Gbagbo to step aside.

"There must be a transition of power," Soro told France's Europe 1 radio. "There's no question of dividing Ivory Coast."

Gbagbo - the incumbent since 2000 - and Ouattara both claim to have won the November 28 poll, and both have declared themselves Ivory Coast's new leader, plunging the West African state into a new crisis.

Mbeki has flown to Abidjan on behalf of the AU to mediate a solution, and the bulk of the international community, including the UN and former colonial power France, backs Ouattara.

For his part, Gbagbo has retained the loyalty of the head of the army.

Soro was leader of a 2002 rebellion by northern forces opposed to Gbagbo's rule. In 2007 there was a peace accord between the parties, and he has served as prime minister in a power-sharing government since 2007.

He has now resigned from Gbagbo's administration, but would continue as prime minister under Ouattara if the latter succeeds in forming a government.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Leave ODM if you are unhappy, Rai...

Leave ODM if you are not happy, Raila Odinga tells Senator. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Former Assistant Minister joins J...

A former Assistant Minister has quit PNU and joined the Jubilee Party. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
DP Ruto intervenes as Kerio Valle...

DP William Ruto will visit Kerio Valley to try solve never-ending clashes between local residents. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM MP chased down by angry Kibra...

Kibra MP Ken Okoth had a hard time in his constituency after angry youth pelted him with stones. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Prepare for DP Ruto fight in 2022...

An MP has warned that the Kalenjin Community will not stand back and watch as DP Ruto is duped ahead of the 2022 polls. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be careful who you deal with, DP ...

Watch out for your political future, DP William Ruto has been warned. Read more...