Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue in Côte d’Ivoire

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The Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara has chosen former Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny to lead the “Commission for dialogue, truth and reconciliation” in Ivory Coast, where nearly 3,000 people were killed over four months of post-election crisis.

Banny, 69, was Laurent Gbagbo’s prime minister transition from December 2005 to March 2007.

Ouattara said he plans to create a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission similar to what has been done in South Africa”, which will be chaired by a “layman and two priests: a Christian and a Muslim”.

Prime Minister Guillaume Soro and several government met earlier with the delegation of the “Elders”. It consists of the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan,  South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and Ireland’s former president and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.

The “Elders” have scheduled meetings with representatives of civil society and political parties, including from the FPI.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in more than four months of crisis and fighting in Ivory Coast, authorities said. The United Nations reports, more than 1,000 dead.

It is important to notice that in this case, the commission is not an alternative to justice and trials against the Gbagbo administration. The previous commission of that type, the Forum de Réconciliation Nationale did not lay any concrete act of reconciliation between the different stakeholders, but at least had the merit to give every political player a widespread audience.

The question is, considering the fact that most of the FPI people are likely to be prosecuted, to what extent can Ouattara’s opposition express itself ? Will the real leaders -Laurent Gbagbo, Simone Gbagbo, Charles Blé Goudé…- be invited to the stage ?

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