May 15, 2017 / 2:47 PM / 2 years ago

Ivory Coast government maintains "firm line" on mutiny - spokesman

Police take position in a street in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast authorities will maintain a “firm line” faced with a four-day nationwide army mutiny, government spokesman Bruno Kone said on Monday, as the revolt spread, paralysing much of the West African cocoa grower.

“The government has taken a firm line and it will maintain this line,” he told Reuters, adding that, while no negotiations were under way with the soldiers, “discussions were continuing” even as a military operation against them was ongoing.

Reporting by Joe Bavier; Editing by Alison Williams

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