May 10, 2013, 10:02 AM
The United Democratic Party (UDP) is the latest to join the debate on the political situation in the Ivory Coast, making its position known and stressing that the Ivorian people and the international community that had worked so hard to help chart a democratic future for Ivory Coast had to act to safeguard their mandate pursuant to the relevant United Nations resolutions.
Describing the recent
What follows is the full text of the UDP statement:
The Gambia government’s recent pronouncement on the situation in Ivory Coast and the efforts of Alasane Ouattara the legitimately elected President of that country to establish law and order in the face of his losing opponent’s deadly intransigence that cost nearly 1500 Ivorians their lives and displaced more than a million people was at once pathetic and immoral.
To hear the government frame its farfetched claims and feigned outrage at the imagined hidden hands of colonialists, attempting to take over a resource rich African country, ignores the realities of the events that culminated in the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo.
The international presence that the
Despite repeated attempts by former President Gbagbo and his allies to delay and obstruct key instruments of the process in a bid to cling to power, the international community persevered and finally conducted a free and fair election in which all qualified voters were able to participate in determining the leadership of their country.
Mr. Gbagbo promptly rejected the verdict of his own people when it became clear that they had chosen to vote his opponent into office. Both the regional and continental African bodies, ECOWAS and AU respectively, concurred with the verdict delivered by the Ivorians that Mr. Ouattara was the duly elected President of Ivory Coast. This verdict was equally endorsed by the UN, the European Union and
Mr. Gbagbo stubbornly resisted every diplomatic initiative to end his illegitimate claim to power by spurning envoys from ECOWAS, AU and direct offers of a graceful exit from friendly countries that wanted to save
The Ivorian people and the international community that had worked so hard to help chart a democratic future for
The Gambia government’s refusal to recognise the elected President of Ivory Coast places it in a category by itself and is illustrative of an out of touch regime that is pursuing a foreign policy entirely driven by an outrageous obsession with delusional western conspiracies.
To be on the record, advocacy for tyrants who refuse to cede power following a rejection by their people is utterly disgraceful and inconsistent with the Gambian peoples’ strong affinity for democracy and the rule of law. The government’s position on
The United Democratic Party rejects the