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Gbagbo clings to power in Ivory Coast

Gbagbo clings to power in Ivory Coast

Laurent Gbagbo clung to power on Wednesday as West African leaders conferred on what to do next after he rebuffed their ultimatum to step down or face military intervention.
The presidents of Sierra Leone, Benin and Cape Verde are to brief Nigeria's president Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria, after they left Ivory Coast without Gbagbo, whom they hoped to accompany into exile. Nigeria is the most powerful member of the 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS, which has vowed to use "legitimate force" if Gbagbo does not relinquish power.
The United Nations declared Gbagbo the loser by of presidential elections on Nov. 28. The U.N., which was tasked with certifying the results of the election, the United States and other world powers have insisted Gbagbo leave the presidency.


Updated : 2021-08-02 17:24 GMT+08:00