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A revolt that lasted for days appears to have reached a peaceful conclusion in the Ivory Coast. The soldiers who had taken their weapons into the streets, leaving their barracks to clog city thoroughfares in protest of delayed bonus payments, have agreed to a deal with the government.
“We accept the government’s proposal,” mutiny spokesman Sgt. Seydou Kone said Tuesday, according to Reuters. “We are returning to barracks now.”
The bonus payments have long been a point of contention between the former rebel soldiers who have been integrated into the military and President Alassane Ouattara, the leader they helped bring to power in 2011. Perceived broken promises prompted their brief revolt in January before it was resolved with a reported offer of $15,500 for each soldier.
That agreement broke down last week, after another spokesperson for the mutineers surprised his fellow soldiers by apologizing and dropping demands for the remainder of the payments.
The Two-Way reported earlier this week what happened next:
“The move clearly came as news to many of…