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Ivory Coast Sees Uprising; Soldiers Demand Hiked Salaries, Bonus Payment

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The uprising in Ivory Coast is not limited to its second-largest city Bouake. It has reached at least two other cities.

Disgruntled soldiers made their way after midnight into the military headquarters in Bouake demanding increase in salary and payment of bonuses.

Ivory Coast is one of the rising economic stars in Africa and has the largest economy in West Africa. The country emerged from a political crisis between 2002 and 2011.

Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi had an emergency meeting with President Alassane Ouattara, top military officers and other members of the National Security Council.

Donwahi said they will be talking to the soldiers and give a ear to their preoccupations as well as try to find solutions to the situation.

He added the revolt is understood, but it hampers Ivory Coast’s image and also the work President Ouattara has done since the long political crisis ended.

Shootings were heard in the city and also at a base in Daloa from around 2 a.m. local time, but later died down.

The country had seen a civil war in 2011 and following it the crisis came to an end. Bouake was the seat of a rebellion that controlled northern part of Ivory Coast, leading to division since 2002.

Ivory Coast is the leading cocoa producer in the world. Civil war resulted with increase in price of the produce.