Ivory Coast State TV Back After Presidential Power Struggle

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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State television in Ivory Coast is back on the air for the first time since it was shut down during the violent power struggle that followed last year's presidential election.

Radio Telediffusion Ivorienne, or RTI, began broadcasting Tuesday from the commercial capital, Abidjan.

The channel's morning talk show “Matin Bonheur” featured the word “reconciliation” as its “phrase of the day” in its first new episode. It defined the term as “the re-establishment of friendship between people who have quarrelled.”

Ivory Coast was plunged into four months of political crisis after former President Laurent Gbagbo lost his bid for re-election but refused to cede power.

RTI was knocked off the air during fighting between supporters of Mr. Gbagbo and the election winner, President Alassane Ouattara.

Mr. Gbagbo used RTI to spread propaganda about Mr. Ouattara and his supporters, and to broadcast his version of events of the Ivory Coast political crisis.