France: A Dictatorship for Africa!

Posted by John Rosenthal

France is presently circulating a draft resolution on the Côte d’Ivoire in the UN Security Council. As related in an article in yesterday’s edition of Le Figaro, the objective of the resolution is to “reinforce” the powers of Ivorian Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny and commensurately reduce those of President Laurent Gbagbo. As the following extract makes clear, however, the resolution would do more than just “reinforce” the powers of Banny. It would transform him, in effect, into a dictator. 

In a draft resolution circulated yesterday, Paris insists on two points: the Prime Minister should dispose of “all the necessary powers” as well as a “total authority”; the Ivorian Constitution – which consecrates the pre-eminence of the head of state [i.e. the President] – should be put in suspense [placée en veilleuse]. France’s objective is clearly specified in paragraph 8 of the draft submitted to the Security Council. There it is stated that the Prime Minister “will be able to take all necessary decisions in all areas …  by edict or by decrees, which he will sign and promulgate within fifteen days.

As so happens, Banny was appointed by a so-called International Working Group in which, as shown here, France has a preponderant influence. Gbagbo was elected by the Ivorian people under the terms of the Ivorian Constitution that France is now proposing to “put in suspense”. 

For further background, see the Trans-Int Dossier “France and the Côte D’Ivoire”.

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