Saturday, December 04, 2010

World Leaders: Ivory Coast: Old prez is out, noo prez is in, say Big Three

Supporters of former Prime Minister and presidential candidate for the Rally of the Republicans (RDR) Alassane Ouattara celebrate on a street in Gagnoa, the native village of rival candidate for the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) and current President Laurent Gbagbo, western Ivory Coast December 2, 2010.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. President Barack Obama and French leader Nicolas Sarkozy threw their diplomatic weight Friday behind Alassane Ouattara as winner of Ivory Coast's bitterly disputed presidential election.

The trio told the West African nation's longtime leader Laurent Gbagbo he should admit defeat and withdraw without causing fresh unrest in a country recovering from a decade of civil war and political conflict.

-- Politicarp

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