Ivory Coast PM tells rioting soldiers that elections remain a priority after several of them are placed under arrest


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Ivory Coast PM tells rioting soldiers that elections remain a priority after several of them are placed under arrest

The Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire, Guillaume Soro, on Monday urged soldiers, who mutinied on Friday in the capital, Yamoussoukro, and Daoukro demanding their money following years of civil war, to remain calm for the government to continue with the peace process. “I would like to tell the soldiers to keep calm. We ask the soldiers to especially maintain peace to make it possible for the government to work and get Cote d’Ivoire out of this painful situation,” said Mr. Soro during the official launch of the country’s identification programme. He assured them that nobody would be forgotten noting that the organization of the elections was the priority for the time being. An official statement read on Ivorian television on Monday said 78 of the mutineers, who staged a violent demonstration, had been arrested while 13 were on the run. The demonstrators destroyed the weapons and ammunition warehouse of the National School for Non-Commissioned Officers, the fuel depot of the gendarmerie squad and military materiel.

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