Thursday, December 30, 2010

Trouble in the Ivory Coast

Golf Hotel, Abidjan


Côte d’Ivoire (Country threat level - 4): On 30 December 2010 the leader of the radical pro-Laurent Gbagbo group Young Patriots urged fellow supporters to storm the hotel headquarters of opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara on 1 January 2011. The opposition candidate has been running a shadow government from the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, protected by an 800-strong U.N. task force, since the 28 November run-off election.

Meanwhile, on 29 December the U.S. State Department announced that a team of eight military officials had arrived in Abidjan to plan for the possible evacuation of the Cote d’Ivoire Embassy staff. Pentagon officials are concerned that the post-election violence could escalate into a full-blown conflict and are preparing for every contingency.

(We lived in Abidjan from 2000-2002 and Emily was born there.  We have been to the Golf Hotel on numerous occasions.)

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