Friday, January 20, 2006

Calm returns to Ivory Coast

Shops, businesses and schools re-opened and buses and taxis are running in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan on Friday as the city starts getting back to normal after four days of protests and rioting against U.N. and French peacekeepers.

After appeals from President Gbagbo and Prime Minister Banny, and the pro-government youth leader Ble Goude on Wednesday and Thursday, the protestors have left the areas around the French embassy and UN bases and returned home.

Barricades down as order restored in Ivory Coast