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A Catholic Archbishop to lead post-war reconciliation efforts in Ivory Coast

Paul Ahouana is a Franciscan Archbishop of the country’s second city Bouake. He was known for having opened dialogue with the rebels at a time when they were shunned by much of the clergy.
Ivory Coast – In a new attempt to reconcile Ivorians, Alassane Ouattara, on Wednesday appointed a Catholic Archbishop, Paul Ahouana, to head the country’s post-war reconciliation efforts ahead of elections later this year.

Ahouana is a Franciscan Archbishop of the country’s second city Bouake.

According to Amadou Coulibaly, the presidency’s Secretary General, the government of Ivory coast created a Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CDVR) in the wake of the decade-long political crisis that ended in a brief 2011 civil war. The Ahouana committee is charged with concluding the work of the Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission and proceeding to the compensation of identified victims.

Ii is important to recall that Archbishop Ahouana was named the Archbishop of Bouake at the time of the rebellion while the city was under the occupation of rebel forces.

He was known for having opened dialogue with the rebels at a time when they were shunned by much of the clergy.

What are are links between Archbishop Ahouana and the rebels of Soro who committed most of the cruelty and horrified crimes against the population of Ivory Coast.

To this day, nobody can tell.

All we know about the man is that he lived for years with the rebels in the city of Bouaké when the country was divided in two and the administration was under the control of Soro.

Will this fact hinder the seriousness of his new mission? Nobody can tell, we can only hope not.

But with the previous failure of the CDVR attempt to bring the reconciliation to Ivory Coast, we believe Ouattara’s government should have tried a lot harder in finding somebody that is clear from being related to both sides of the crisis. Somebody that all parties will trust.

vory Coast - In a new attempt to reconcile Ivorians, Alassane Ouattara, on Wednesday appointed a Catholic Archbishop, Paul Ahouana, to head the country’s post-war reconciliation efforts ahead of elections later this year. Ahouana is a Franciscan Archbishop of the country’s second city Bouake. According to Amadou Coulibaly, the presidency’s…

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