Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cote d'Ivoire president arrives in Burkina Faso on Oct. 31 elections

Cote d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo arrived in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Monday evening for the Permanent Consultation Forum (CPC) set for next day.

Gbagbo was welcomed upon arrival by his Burkina Faso Counterpart Blaise Compaore, who is also the mediator of the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. They had a 30-minute meeting.

After the talks, Gbagbo declared that he had come to thank Compaore for the help he had accorded Cote d'Ivoire until this time when the country is going for the presidential elections on Oct. 31.

Gbagbo noted that Cote d'Ivoire's political leaders were working together to overcome the remaining technical challenges before going to the polls.

The CPC, created by the Ouagadougou political accord signed in March 2007 by Cote d'Ivoire's political parties, brings together President Gbagbo, Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, opposition leaders Henri Konan Bedie and Allassane Ouattara, as well as the Burkina Faso mediator.

The CPC meeting is expected to harmonize views regarding distribution of voter cards from cities to villages in Cote d'Ivoire.

The special representative of the UN secretary general, Jung Choi, also arrived in the Burkina Faso capital on Monday.

Source: Xinhua

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