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Government faces fresh mutiny threat

Publish date: 13 February 2017
Issue Number: 714
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Ivory Coast

An elite unit of soldiers in the Ivory Coast has mutinied, firing into the air at their base in the south-eastern town of Adiake. The special forces, who report directly to the President's office, have accused their commanders of stealing part of their salaries. It comes a month after regular soldiers staged a mutiny over pay and conditions. BBC News reports that the 800-strong unit is rarely seen in public and is considered loyal to the government. Last month, notes the report, the government agreed to the demands of the other mutinous soldiers, some of whom were former rebels who backed President Alassane Ouattara.

Full BBC News report