Ex-rebels in Ivory Coast still plague Ouattara regime

Soldiers of the New Forces (FN) rebel group are pictured in a truck prior to a change-of-command ceremony of their chief Ousmane Cherif on May 26, 2009, in Bouake, Ivory CoastFormer Ivory Coast rebels whose support helped bring Alassane Ouattara to power are increasingly wreaking havoc, with the government seemingly unable to rein them in. Numerous incidents involving ex-rebels over the past six weeks — including a strike by soldiers which brought the country to a halt — culminated on Friday with shots being fired in the economic capital Abidjan after an ex-militia leader was arrested. Despite the escalating defiance, Ouattara appears unwilling or unable to confront the same forces that aided his ascent to the presidency following his 2010 election victory. Nevertheless, the image a calm and orderly Ivory Coast vaunted by the government has crumbled with every act of insubordination.

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