New Ivory Coast government excludes Gbagbo's party

AP News
Posted: Jun 01, 2011 3:52 PM
New Ivory Coast government excludes Gbagbo's party

Ivory Coast's president has announced a new government that doesn't include any members of the former strongman's party, despite repeated promises to include people from both sides of the conflict in a government of national unity.

In a decree read by presidential spokesman Amadou Gon Coulibaly, President Alassane Ouattara named 36 ministers, drawing only from the four-party coalition that helped elect him.

Overtures made to former President Laurent Gbagbo's party were rejected earlier this week. Gbagbo's party leader Mamadou Koulibaly said he could not join a government that had imprisoned Gbagbo without charge.

Rights groups allege that both sides committed human rights violations in the nearly five month violent power struggle sparked when Gbagbo refused to accept election defeat.