Charles Konan Banny, who was until last year premier of war-divided Cte d'Ivoire, had the not-altogetherpleasurable experience of running the West African country alongside a president who, like Mugabe, was under pressure from the international community and domestic opponents. Banny and Gbagbo began implementing a 'roadmap' peace plan paving the way for presidential elections by October 2006, by which time Gbagbo would already have overstayed his five-year term by a year. The plan involved disarmament of rebels and loyalists, followed by the formation of a new, national army; redeployment of civil servants to the rebel-held north; the issuing of identity papers to the large number, probably millions, of Ivorians without them; and a host of related measures.
THEWORLDTODAY.ORG NOVEMBER 2008 PAGE 24 COTE D’IVOIRE AND ZIMBABWE Daniel Balint-Kurti, ASSOCIATE, FELLOW, AFRICA PROGRAMME, CHATHAM HOUSE Poısoned Chalıce? In September, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal with President Robert Mugabe, aimed at i F MORGAN TSVANGIRAI WANTS AN IDEA HOW HIS RECENT power-sharing arrangement with President Robert Mugabe could turn out, he would do well to sit down for a chat with the former premier of a country thousands of miles away. Charles Konan Banny, who was until last year premier of war-divided Côte d’Ivoire, had the not-altogether- pleasurable experience of running the West African country alongside a president who, like Mugabe, was under pressure from the international community and domestic opponents. Banny was nominated at the end of 2005, following a United Nations resolution calling for a new consensus ending years of political premier with ‘all the necessary powers’ to manage a conflict and economic difficult peace process. He was a member of the opposition, but had long been out of the political limelight as an decline. There have international central banker. already been problems TA N D E M T R O U B L E forming a cabinet, so can Banny declared that he would run the country ‘in tandem’ with President Laurent Gbagbo, but by the end of the such a deal work? An following year the growing rupture between the two was so evident that even Banny, usually publicly upbeat whatever his unsettling answer comes private thoughts, came close to admitting failure. ‘The person from another deeply I had considered as a partner on a tandem bike is not pedalling in the same direction as me any more,’ he said. divided, but once Like Banny, Tsvangirai greeted his country’s power-sharing deal with optimism. He spoke of the ‘hope of a new beginning’ prosperous, African state and called on his countrymen to ‘build a new Zimbabwe’, but the tone was far from Polyanna-ish. ‘Hope alone will not which should itself be deliver our new Zimbabwe,’ he warned, ever aware that the scars of Mugabe’s regime – brutality he experienced first-hand taking a further – cannot simply be wished away. As if to point out the fragility of such hopes, Mugabe said at democratic step the signing ceremony that ‘there are a lot of things in the
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