Ivory Coast insisted that it needs funds now to make sure that the November elections will go ahead and run smoothly. “We need 40 billion CFA francs (USD96 million) now, by the end of this month,” according to one official at Prime Minister Guillaume Soro’s press office. “The (peace) process could suffer because of how slow the donors are.” Last year, the government of President Laurent Gbagbo and the New Forces from the north entered into a peace deal to unify the country, which broke into two in the wake of the 2002/2003 war. According to the representative, donors have so far only disbursed USD14.5 million of the USD483.7 million that they pledged last year.
Source: Ivory Coast seeks donor funds to keep polls on track (Reuters)