Behind Ivory Coast’s army mutiny – Inside Story

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The soldiers began the revolt on Friday in Bouake, the country’s second largest city.

It spread to the commercial capital, Abidjan, where soldiers commandeered the army headquarters.

Within hours the mutineers had taken over nine cities, and at one point trapped the Defence Minister in a house for hours.

President Alassane Ouattara says a deal has been reached to end the rebellion and has agreed to look at the soldiers’ demands.

For a country recovering from a civil war and a political crisis, it raises concerns about peace and stability.

A one-off? Or a red flag pointing to deeper problems?

Presenter: Richelle Carey

Guests:

Sean Lyngaas – a journalist who has been covering Ivory Coast and West Africa.

Cynthia Ohayon – West Africa Analyst for the International Crisis Group.

George Aka – European Representative of the Ivorian Popular Front.

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