- Title: Ivory Coast soldiers agree to government deal to end mutiny
- Date: 16th May 2017
- Summary: BOUAKE, IVORY COAST (MAY 16, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS POLICE OPENING ROAD CORRIDOR / VEHICLES PASSING VARIOUS OF POLICEMEN AND MUTINEERS HANDING OVER CORRIDOR TO POLICE (SOUNDBITE) (French) MUTINEER SPOKESMAN, SERGEANT CISSEE, SAYING: "After what President Ouattara said yesterday we are satisfied, we have convinced our colleagues and go back to our barracks. We have opened the corridor (road) as you can see and we are with our colleagues from the police. We are going to our barracks. Our place is there not here." POLICE OFFICER SAYING TO PEOPLE IN FRENCH ''Sorry, move, we are going to let the vehicles through, it's over now, itâ€™s over, move along, it's over, they are going and we are here." (SOUNDBITE) (French) CHIEF SERGEANT OF THE NATIONAL POLICE, KOFFI EUGENE, SAYING: "This morning we received orders from our superiors to go to the corridors to find our soldier colleagues to see how we could take the corridor. Indeed they accepted to leave in view of what the president said, they accepted. They are going and we are going to start working. We collaborated in perfect harmony until now and there have been no incidents. So they are ready to leave and we are ready to work." VARIOUS OF ROAD OPEN / VEHICLES PASSING
- 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: LVA0016H38CHZ
- 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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