Showdown Takes Shape in Ivory Coast
Posted on Apr 1, 2011
The West African nation of Ivory Coast is under crisis as troops supporting the United Nations-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, move for a final push to oust Laurent Gibagbo, the sitting president.
Ouattara was accepted as official president last year after the state’s electoral commission declared him the winner of a runoff election, but the incumbent Gibagbo has refused to vacate his seat. —JCL
Troops supporting the UN-recognised president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, appear poised for a final push to oust his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to give up the presidency.
In the main city, Abidjan, pro-Ouattara forces have launched an assault on the fortified presidential residence.
French troops have taken about 500 foreigners to a military camp amid increasing insecurity in the city.
Mr Ouattara’s supporters launched a fresh offensive on Monday.
Demonstrators hold a poster of Alassane Ouattara, winner of last November’s presidential election.