Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –
Online newspaper Salon has learned that former special counsel to Bill Clinton, Lanny Davis, has joined the payroll of Laurent Gbagbo, the defeated leader of the Ivory Coast.
Davis, who represents a number of controversial corporate and foreign clients, told reporters at a press conference that the West African leader has “renounced violence” and that he “calls on Mr. Ouattara to join him in putting the arms down and sitting down to talk.”
In addition to the outvoted leader Gbagbo, Davis was on a million dollar per year retainer for Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the longtime repressive oligarch of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, according to Salon.
Davis claims his law firm is counseling non-violence and transparency. But, reports from the scene by the U.N. and Amnesty International, note that vigilante groups are patrolling the streets of the principal city Abidjan and more than 50 people have been killed in recent days, hundreds have been abducted from their homes at night by armed assailants in military uniforms and bodies are turning up in morgues and on the streets. Thousands are reported to have fled the country to neighboring Liberia and Guinea for refuge.
A purported “fact sheet” distributed by Davis presents a litany of charges against the certified poll winner, Alassane Ouattara, who has also won near universal recognition as president since receiving the majority vote.
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