Ivory Coast rival prime minister in Zambia

Ivory coast prime Mister Guillaume Soro is in Zambia on his continued tour of duty to lobby the international community on the power struggle in his country.

Soro met the Zambia president Rupiah Banda in the capital Lusaka Tuesday morning but no details of the meeting have been made public. Soro is expected to hold a press conference in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Soro has been appointed as prime minister of Ivory Coast by Alassane Ouattara the Internationally recognised winner of the last presidential elections in that country.

Soro flew  from Equatorial Guinea where he went to lobby support on behalf of his masterAlassane Ouattara who is holed up in a Hotel.

Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo  is widely expeted to take over as chairperson of the African Union at the next summit.

Guillaume Soro met President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to “solicit his support in the change of his country’s democratic government,” according to a statement published on Equatorial Guinea’s government website today. It did not say how Obiang responded.

While Ouattara is the internationally recognized winner of Nov. 28 elections in Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo alleged voting irregularities in parts of the country’s north and refused to step down. At least 260 people have been killed in violence that followed the vote, according to the United Nations.

The African Union, which represents 53 nations, suspended Ivory Coast’s membership on Dec. 9, calling on Gbagbo to transfer power to Ouattara “without delay”. The bloc is due to discuss the crisis at a meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa that began yesterday and ends Jan. 31.

Obiang is the sole candidate to succeed Malawian leader Bingu wa Mutharika as African Union president, with the appointment due to be announced at the meeting, according to Equatorial Guinea’s website.

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