Ivory Coast has two governments, one clinging to power while the international community insists that it must go, the other barricaded inside a hotel protected by barbed wire and the blue helmets of a UN peacekeeping force. Laurent Gbagbo’s term in office expired five years ago, and the long-delayed election appeared to have ousted him from power. He has refused to leave. His opponent, Alassane Ouattara, has the support of world leaders, but not of Ivory Coast’s military. And so the election stalemate continues, international sanctions slow the economy, and post-election violence has claimed the lives of over 200 people. Collected here are photographs of the campaign, the vote, post-election violence, and daily life in Ivory Coast, a West African nation of 21 million. (39 photos total)
An unexploded grenade lies on a street in the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan January 11, 2011. Police raided the neighborhood, which is loyal to Alassane Ouattara in the early morning hours leaving at least four dead. (Jane Hahn for the New York Times) #
(Reuters) – The founder of whistleblower site WikiLeaks attacked Switzerland on Sunday for arresting a Swiss banker on suspicion of breaching banking secrecy instead of investigating the tax evasion he said he had uncovered.
Mr. Elmer is in prison because he has revealed a criminal offshore system of tax evasion in which Swiss banks play a leading role,” Assange was quoted as saying in an interview.
“Instead of investigating these offshore structures and going after the tax evaders, the authorities are going after Mr. Elmer,” he said.