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Jan 8, 2017 | 17:32 GMT

Ivory Coast: Mutiny Appears To Be Over, Calm In Cities

A rebellion in Ivory Coast over soldiers' pay appears to have passed, BBC reported Jan. 8. Residents in Bouake described calm on the streets — a day after troops briefly seized the defense minister who had gone to negotiate with the protesters. The rebellion had spread from there to other cities, including the commercial hub, Abidjan, but that city, too, is now quiet. Protests also took place in the cities of Man, Daloa, Daoukro, Odienne and Korhogo. President Alassane Ouattara said a deal was struck between the mutinous soldiers and the government on Jan. 7, though details are scant. Aside from better pay, the agreement is reported to include an amnesty for the mutineers. The mutiny began in Bouake early on Jan. 6. On Jan. 7 soldiers took over the army headquarters in Abidjan. The mutiny raised fears of a resurgence of the violence seen during Ivory Coast's 10-year civil war, which ended in 2011.

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