Cote d'Ivoire's Gbagbo warns to sever ties over ambassadors named by rival

08:33, December 29, 2010      

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Cote d'Ivoire's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo warned on Tuesday to cut ties with any government that recognizes ambassadors named by his rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara, media reported.

Gbagbo's warning came as a trio of West African leaders are meditating in the restive country, trying to persuade him to step down and cede power to Ouattara.

Also on Tuesday, a mob attacked a UN convoy in Abidjan, leaving one peacekeeper wounded.

A post-election crisis marked by violence and killings has been witnessed in Cote d'Ivoire since the end of the presidential run-off on Nov. 28.

The country finds itself with two governments after opposition leader Ouattara and Gbagbo were sworn in as presidents and named a prime minister on either side.

The United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS have all thrown their support behind Ouattara, who was declared president by the country's Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) to the detriment of Gbagbo, who was declared the winner by the Constitutional Council.

Source: Xinhua


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