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Dec 29, 2010

More talks needed in Ivory Coast crisis: ECOWAS envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – A delegation of three West African presidents who met incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday to deliver an ultimatum to step down or face force left saying more meetings were needed.

Gbagbo’s government, meanwhile, remained defiant in the face of international pressure to cede power, saying it would sever ties with any country that recognized envoys named by rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 29, 2010

More talks needed in ICoast crisis – ECOWAS envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – A delegation of three West African presidents who met incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday to deliver an ultimatum to step down or face force left saying more meetings were needed.

Gbagbo’s government, meanwhile, remained defiant in the face of international pressure to cede power, saying it would sever ties with any country that recognised envoys named by rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 28, 2010

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo warns over rival envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – The government of Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo said it would sever ties with countries that recognised envoys named by presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara in a powerful sign he was not about to quit.

“The government would like to make it known that in the light of such decisions, it reserves the right to apply reciprocity in ending the missions of their ambassadors in Ivory Coast,” the government’s spokesman said in a statement on national television on Tuesday.

Dec 28, 2010

West Africa leaders to give Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo ultimatum

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – The presidents of three West African states were due in Ivory Coast on Tuesday to tell internationally-isolated incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to step down or face removal by force.

Regional and world powers want Gbagbo to cede power to rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara after elections last month provoked a dispute that has killed more than 170 people and threatens to tip the country back into civil war.

Dec 28, 2010

Strike call fails to hit main Ivory Coast city and ports

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Most workers in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan ignored a call by presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara for a strike on Monday to force Laurent Gbagbo out of power, saying they must work in order to survive.

Operations at the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro, through which much of Ivory Coast’s cocoa exports are shipped, were normal on Monday morning. Abidjan’s downtown Plateaux business district was bustling, with shops and offices open.

Dec 27, 2010

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara calls for nationwide strike

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara has called for a nationwide general strike from Monday to paralyze the country until internationally isolated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo cedes power.

The world’s top cocoa producing country has faced a violent political impasse since a presidential election last month, which was intended to heal the scars of a 2002-2003 civil war but has instead triggered bloodshed between the rival camps.

Dec 26, 2010

West African presidents to tell Gbagbo to quit

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Three West African presidents will fly to Ivory Coast Tuesday to tell incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to quit or face force, Benin said Saturday, a sign of mounting regional determination to force him out.

Gbagbo has so far resisted calls to cede power to rival presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara after a November 28 election which African neighbors, the United Nations, the United States and the European Union all say Ouattara won.

Dec 25, 2010

West African bloc threatens force in Ivorian crisis

ABIDJAN/ABUJA (Reuters) – West African heads of state threatened on Friday to use force to oust incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo unless he cedes power to a rival widely credited with having won a presidential election.

A violent stand-off over the result of the vote has killed nearly 200 people and threatens to tip the west African state, the world’s top cocoa producer, back into civil war.

Dec 24, 2010

West African leaders meet on Ivory Coast crisis

ABIDJAN/ABUJA, Dec 24 (Reuters) – West African leaders met
in Nigeria on Friday to discuss options for Ivory Coast, where
an election standoff has killed up to 200 and threatens to tip
the country back into civil war.

World powers and African states have heaped political and
financial pressure on incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to step
down after the Nov. 28 poll, in which electoral commission
results showed he lost by 8 points to rival Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 24, 2010

Laurent Gbagbo’s funds cut as Ivorian standoff deepens

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo faces a cash crunch that could make it hard for him to continue paying the wages of soldiers who back him, after the West African regional central bank cut his access to funds.

The United Nations General Assembly, adding to international pressure on Gbagbo to concede defeat in a November 28 election, recognised challenger Alassane Ouattara as Ivory Coast’s legitimate president.

    • About Bate

      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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