UPDATE 2-Relief and anger as Ivory Coast mutineers receive bonuses

Wed May 17, 2017 4:05pm GMT
 

* Four-day mutiny shut down much of the country

* Soldiers receive bonuses, return to barracks

* Many consider concessions to mutiny unfair (Recasts with soldiers receiving money, writes through)

By Ange Aboa

BOUAKE, Ivory Coast, May 17 (Reuters) - Renegade troops in Ivory Coast on Wednesday withdrew bonuses paid by the government to end their four-day mutiny, as the wave of unrest gave way to public frustration at Abidjan's handling of the crisis.

Thousands of dissident troops, mostly ex-rebels who helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, launched their revolt on Friday, accusing the government of failing to honour a financial agreement that quelled an earlier mutiny in January.

The bouts of military unrest and public sector strikes this year have threatened to unravel years of economic progress made since Ivory Coast, the world's biggest cocoa grower, emerged from a 2011 civil war and a decade-long political crisis.

Cocoa futures in London and New York dipped early on Wednesday as exporters resumed bean purchases at the western port of San Pedro, a day later than at the main port in Abidjan.

In the second-biggest city Bouake, the epicentre of the revolt, soldiers queued in front of banks that only allowed them to enter one-by-one for security reasons.   Continued...

 
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