By Dr Doudou Sidibé
The attainment of full democracy remains elusive to even some of the greatest nations in the world.
The West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, which experienced a violent post-electoral crisis (November 2010 to April 2011) within the midst of 19 years of political instability which started in 1993, also seeks to consolidate democratisation. The goal is not impossible to realise, but is dependent on the reconciliation of all stakeholders in the conflict and all sectors of society.
This paper examines the reasons why the 2010 presidential elections led to violent conflict, which resulted in the deaths of civilians. It will also discuss the lessons which can be drawn from this crisis, and the strategies which should be implemented to achieve sustainable peace in Côte d’Ivoire.