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Cote d'Ivoire's public television starts broadcasting again

04-02-2011 15:27 BJT

ABIDJAN, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Cote d'Ivoire's state-owned radio and television station (RTI) started broadcasting once more after a restoration of its signal which had been cut off as from Thursday night.

The RTI signal came back on Friday at around 8 p.m. local time (GMT) and the television programs resumed as normal.

Violent clashes between forces loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and those of the internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, broke out on Thursday night near the RTI compound and each of the two camps had claimed to be in control of this public media.

However, after coming back on air, the station started broadcasting patriotic songs and aired images of Gbagbo. This was an indication that the station was still under the control of Gbagbo's camp.

Cote d'Ivoire has been embroiled in a political crisis since the end of the disputed presidential election on Nov. 28 which was contested by Gbagbo and Ouattara.

Early this week, Ouattara's camp launched an decisive offensive to remove Gbagbo from power after "exhausting all channels of dialogue with him."

Pro-Ouattara forces have captured almost all the country's interior towns and the battle for the control of Abidjan is still raging between the forces loyal to the two rivals.


Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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