Former prime minister of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, has won the blessings of the international community, but the incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo has refused to relinquish the nation’s highest post. With both sides threatening regional war alarming their neighbors in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, and Liberia, Africans in the diaspora, particularly those from the Ivory Coast living in New York have expressed great concern.
On January 19th, two men discussed the background to the crisis at a roundtable organized by the Global Information Network in New York in collaboration with Integration Newspaper, Milton Allimadi, Editor of BlackStarNews and Gnaka Lagoke, Political analyst with AfricanDiplomacy.com. Omoyele Sowore of SaharaReporters.com was the moderator for the evening.
According to the panelists, here are some of the proposed solutions to the crisis happening in the West African country.
Members of the audience also contributed to the discussion bringing up issues like the influence of France on Africa, the reoccurring election rigging in Africa, as well as other topics.
The segment was followed by questions and answers from the audience.
For further enquiries on subsequent roundtables, contact Lisa Vives, Director of Global Information Network at [email protected]