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Former Clinton Aide 'Flacking' for Outvoted Ivory Coast Leader

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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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0 # Guest 2010-12-31 07:51
What research did you do? Ready the times articles this week? Ouattra studied at UPenn under what country name? (burkina faso NOT ivory coast). Maybe if you actually knew anything you wouldn't restate the same dumb statistics. Of course you probably believe the UN is there to protect the local citizens, which history would say otherwise because they came to protect the french expats in the last coup which the French allowed to happen starting this whole mess.
0 # Guest 2010-12-27 22:00
@#3... Research is all done... Ouattara has wons fair and square : the UN local mission has the almost 20000 election returns from polling stations and has tabulated them before confirming Ouattarra won by 8 percentage ponts almost 1/2 million votes. The only way a Gbagbo controlled constitutional council could find him winning was by throwing out 600,000 votes from 7 departments, preciseley the departments where Ouattara had the best showing during the 1st round of voting. Talk about disenfranchise...
Let not get started with the nonsense of Ouatarra being foreigner...
The issue is not about being a puppet. In any event, if ivorias choose to have a puppet as president, who are you to go against their will ?
0 # Guest 2010-12-27 19:20
What is it with all these morons from the West who like to stereotype an entire continent aswell as people who may not look like them. Not all countries in Africa are corrupt and in need of an external ruler. That's a ridiculous statement. Imperialism has been dead for 50+ years. Not all blacks or whites are criminals or crooks either.

It is easy for you to criticize blacks but I bet that those who are doing it aren't doing very well in there own lives. Even if you are "born with a golden spoon" you are, however, a diamond in the rough with your attitude/ personality.

It's incredible how these "non-blacks" (majority of them probably American) think that they're superior to everyone that exists in third world countries.
+1 # Guest 2010-12-27 15:21
The African Union has recognized Ouattara. ECOWAS, comprising of all countries in West Africa, has recognized Ouattara. The UN has recognized Ouattara. Gbagbo had made everything possible to delay the election for 10 years! These are undeniable facts. Gbagbo needs to relinquish power and save Cote d'ivoire from another round of senseless destruction of that beautiful country.
Folks like Lanny Davis and Mike Espy are enablers of this dictator.
0 # Guest 2010-12-27 14:27
It is a shame "educated" people think Gbagbo is a dictator, likewise that they believe Ouattara is "democratically" elected or overlook the fact that is not even from cote d'ivoire. But hey some people believe in America that Obama isn't American too. Do your research and see that Gbagbo is no saint, but Ouattara's ego will reignite 10 more years of war so he can be a puppet and owe France and everyone else for putting him in power. I do admitt he has a nice resume.
0 # Guest 2010-12-27 13:00
It is a disgrace that some people are so consumed with making money that they are willing to help a ruthless autocrat like Gbagbo remain in power. Shame on Davis and Espy.
0 # Guest 2010-12-27 07:30
Although they are within their rights to flack for anyone, folks like Lanny Davis and Mike Espy ought to be cautious of the support they offer dictators. Gbagbo has held on to power for ten years and had make it very difficult to implement a peaceful transition during this period. Gbagbo was a co-signer of the Ouagadougou peace plan that agreed for the UN to certify the elections. Gbagbo never planned to relinquish power because he never expected to lose. Gbagbo does not consider Northern Ivoriens as citizens of the country, and he made every effort to disqualify northerner Ouattara, but failed.

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