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Ouattara's camp says to occupy Cote d'Ivoire gov't offices in three days

12-15-2010 09:43 BJT

ABIDJAN, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Alassane Ouattara, who claims to have won the Nov. 28 presidential run-off, wants his team to start occupying government offices as from Thursday, according to his hand picked prime minister Guillaume Soro.

In a statement released here on Monday, Soro said Ouattara's camp will take over the West African country's broadcast organ on Thursday and the prime minister's offices on Friday.

As a first step to move Ouattara's "legitimate" team to government offices, his prime minister Soro on Monday appointed the new director general of the state-owned radio and television station -- Radioffusion Television Ivoirienne (RTI).

The RTI and the prime minister's offices are currently controlled by incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo's supporters and under the surveillance of the army loyal to the 65-year-old presidential candidate, who claims himself the winner of the election with the backing of the Constitutional Council.

"In conformity to the presidential declaration of the UN Security Council on Dec. 8, which called for the need to settle the legitimate Cote d'Ivoire government into the offices, the entire government will on Thursday go to RTI offices to install a new director general and on Friday hold a cabinet meeting at the prime minister's offices," Soro said in the statement.

Soro, the leader of the ex-rebel New Forces (FN), had served as prime minister under Gbagbo in accordance with a peace deal signed in March 2007. He resigned after the run-off and named to the same post by Ouattara, who enjoys international recognition including the United Nations.

Cote d'Ivoire is facing a stalemate in which there have appeared two presidents and two prime ministers to form two governments.

Gbagbo is in control of state apparatus with the support of the army, while Ouattara who is being supported by the international community, is holed up in an Abidjan hotel under the surveillance of the UN peacekeepers and FN guards.

On Monday, soldiers loyal to Gbagbo blocked for hours the roads to the hotel where Ouattara and his team are staying after skirmishes broke out between the two camps.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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