President sacks security chiefs after soldiers’ mutiny in Ivory Coast

mutiny in Ivory coast

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has dismissed the heads of the army, police and paramilitary gendarmes following a two-day army mutiny that paralysed the country.

A statement from the president’s office  said army chief Gen. Soumaila Bakayoko, gendarmerie Commander Gervais Kouassi, and director-general of the police Bredou M’bia had been relieved of command with immediate effect.

Disgruntled soldiers mutinied in the city of Bouake on Friday, with troops in other cities joining the uprising.

Defence minister Alain-Richard Donwahi was also briefly seized by mutineers after he went to Bouake to negotiate.

The mutiny, over pay, ended when Mr Ouattara agreed to demands.

The mutiny began in Bouake early on Friday with soldiers firing rocket-launchers.

Protests also took place in the cities of Man, Daloa, Daoukro, Odienne and Korhogo and on Saturday soldiers took over the army headquarters in Abidjan.

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