Alassane Ouattara may not attend Akufo-Addo's inauguration on Saturday

Alassane Ouattara may not attend Akufo-Addo's inauguration on Saturday

There is the possibility that Alassane Ouattara, the president of Cote d'Ivoire who is the guest speaker for President-elect Akufo-Addo's inauguration tomorrow, may not show up for the event.

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Alassane Ouattara may not attend Akufo-Addo's inauguration on Saturday

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It follows a mutiny by soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire's second biggest city of Bouaké on Friday.

Heavy gunfire was heard from around 2am in Bouaké – a city of around a half million inhabitants in the centre of the country – and sporadic shooting continued into the late morning, according to multiple media sources.

Military sources said demobilised soldiers – mainly former rebels from the decade-long conflict – broke into police stations across the city, looting weapons before taking up positions at entry points into the city.

“The situation remains unstable and serious in Bouaké... Some civilians and even active-duty soldiers have started to rally to them,” a source told the Reuters news agency.

He added that while the ex-soldiers had not yet stated their demands, it was believed that they were seeking payment of money they believed they were owed by the government.

With the ongoing disturbance in his country, it remains to be seen if Ouattara would travel to Ghana to speak at Akufo-Addo's inauguration.

The ceremony is, however, expected to go on smoothly whether the Ivorian leader attends or not.

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Alassane Ouattara may not attend Akufo-Addo's inauguration on Saturday

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