Some civil servants and troops in Ivory Coast did not get paid in January as Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo’s government struggles with funding woes.
The Central Bank of West African States has already cut ties with Gbagbo’s regime, whose main source of revenues now are cocoa exports and dues from Abidjan port, Agence France-Presse reports.
The issue on funding would be “crucial” to resolving the political stalemate in the Ivory Coast, as Gbagbo refuses to transfer power to Alassane Ouattara, who is deemed by the international community as the winner of last year’s presidential poll.
“Ouattara’s camp had the momentum in his favor because he won the election,” Choi Young-Jin, head of the United Nations mission in Ivory Coast, said on Feb. 4 after briefing a closed session of the Security Council.
“Now with the decision of the West African central bank in favor of President Ouattara, the momentum is shifting in his favor again. So the dynamics are always changing,” he said.