Ivory Coast, Michael Zumstein
Since the end of November and the defeat of the outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo against his opponent, the former Prime Minister Allassane Ouattara, fears of civil war have risen in Ivory Coast.
Ouattara only has a few means of action, and has taken refuge in the Golf Hotel in Abidjan.
Outgoing president Gbagbo in fact refuses to admit his defeat, keeping the power, and leading everyday his country closer to a political and diplomatic dead end.
On 11th of April 2011, he’s arrested in his palace by Ouattara’s forces.
Nevertheless, the new president Alassane Ouattara has another fight lying ahead of him: pacify a country ravaged by decades of a latent conflict. He will have to establish the conditions of a national reconciliation, and will not be able to rule without it.
Michael Zumstein was in Ivory Coast before, during and after the elections.