March 25, 2012
One Year Later: Promise and Peril in Ivory Coast
Kristin Palitza, Time
An enduring divide was to be expected. The post-election upheaval was not only brutal — the country saw extrajudicial executions as well as torture, rapes and kidnappings — but also rooted in a decades-long ethnic and regional division. President Ouattara has begun to try to heal the enmity, promising to reform and depoliticize the country's pro-south judicial system and army and set up an inquiry into the violence as well as a South African-style reconciliation commission. Largely peaceful legislative elections in December also led to the formation of a new parliament, which will start work in April.
TAGGED: Africa, Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, Alassane Ouattara