White House urges Cote d'Ivoire's Gbagbo to step down

08:56, December 21, 2010      

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White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Monday urged Cote d'Ivoire's incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to step down.

"President Ouattara was the rightly and justly elected president, and ... we stand ready to impose targeted sanctions, individually and in concert with our partners around the world," Gibbs said at a news briefing.

"That election was clear, its result was clear, and it's time for him (Gbagbo) to go," he added.

Gbagbo and his rival, former prime minister Alassane Ouattara, both claimed victory in the presidential run-off on Nov. 28, and formed their respective governments, leading to a political impasse in the country.

Supporters from both sides clashed in Abidjan in recent days, with multiple fatalities being reported. The European Union, the African Union and the United Nations had recognized Ouattara as the winner and urged Gbagbo to step down.

Source: Xinhua

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