ABIDJAN, Jan. 28 (Reuters) - The camp of Alassane Ouattara, said Friday that there was no money in the coffers to pay the Ivorian government debt, including interest payments honor of borrowing in euros falling due next Monday.
Côte d'Ivoire has no money to pay any debt, told Reuters Patrick Achi, spokesperson of Alassane Ouattara, recognized by virtually all of the international community as the elected president.
His rival, incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, based on validation by a Constitutional Council in his hand the results of the second round, Nov. 28, the president to stay in power.
Due to the political crisis, the country had not honored a payment of $ 29 million due in late December.
Alassane Ouattara now holds the official control of the accounts of the Ivorian state to the Central Bank of Central African States (BCEAO, whose headquarters is in Dakar). But this week, Laurent Gbagbo, who still controls the army and the majority of the state apparatus, ordered the requisition of the BCEAO branch in Côte d'Ivoire.
Where do you want us to take the money?, Asked Patrick Achi. But we will reimburse, for sure, once we take control of the accounts of the central bank, he added.