- Title: Ivory Coast soldiers agree to government deal to end mutiny
- Date: 16th May 2017
- Summary: ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST (MAY 16, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LOOKING AT NEWSPAPERS NEWSPAPERS WITH HEADLINES READING (French): "Agreement reached" "Trouble continues" "Towards Chaos" NEWSPAPER WITH HEADLINE READING (French) "Finally an end to the crisis?" NEWSPAPER WITH HEADLINE READING (French) "Deal struck" (SOUNDBITE) (French) RESIDENT, ABRI BERNARD, SAYING: "This time the minister needs to respect his promise in relation to the mutineers because there have been a lot of uprisings. There's been a lot of uprising. People said there was a deal, there were agreements, and every time the mutineers just rise up again and we are tired of this situation. We need for both sides to agree for good and not compromise negotiations." (SOUNDBITE) (French) RESIDENT, AHO FIDEL, SAYING: "It's not the first time they announce this kind of agreement and we've already had last week when mutineers met with the president and at that meeting they said there was a deal found. And then Monday, we just didn't understand, there were disturbances throughout the city and yesterday we were really happy to hear there was a new agreement. We went out this morning and indeed there was a bit of calm, but it's not completely back to normal." VARIOUS OF SHOPKEEPER OPENING HIS SHOP VARIOUS OF SHOPKEEPER MANIGAKO ERIC OPENING THE DOOR OF HIS SHOP (SOUNDBITE) (French) SHOPKEEPER, MANIGAKO ERIC, SAYING: "Coming into work today was better than yesterday when my brother called me at first to tell me 'it's spoiled' (meaning chaos), as we say in Ivorian, that it's 'spoiled', that the roads are closed and we can't work. But this morning we were not bothered and came to work without a fuss. We see it's good, we think everything has been resolved." VARIOUS OF STREET SCENES WITH CLOSED SHOPS VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC
- Embargoed: 30th May 2017 12:30
- Keywords: mutiny military statement defence minister Ivory Coast
- Location: BOUAKE AND ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST
- City: BOUAKE AND ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST
- Country: Ivory Coast
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0036H38CHZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The leaders of a nationwide military mutiny in Ivory Coast have accepted a government proposal on bonus payments and agreed to return to barracks and end their revolt, two spokesmen told reporters in the city of Bouake on Tuesday (May 16).
The renegade soldiers, who have paralysed cities and towns across the West African country since Friday (May 12), rejected an earlier deal announced by Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi late on Monday (May 15).
Under the proposal accepted by the soldiers, 8,400 mutineers, most of them former rebel fighters who helped President Alassane Ouattara to power, will receive an immediate bonus payment of 5 million CFA francs (8,400 USD). Another two million CFA francs will then be paid at the end of next month.
Life began to return to normal slowly in the commercial capital Abidjan where residents said they were fed up of the repeat cycle of mutiny, agreement and mutiny since the first outburst last January.
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