Gbagbo receives Ping as Ivorian political crisis rages on

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo on Friday received the chairman of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, who has arrived in the troubled West African country to assess the political situation triggered by the controversial 28 November presidential run-off election.

Mr Ping, who arrived in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, on Friday has also held talks with the special representative of the UN secretary-general in Ivory Coast, Young Jin Choi.

The Ivorian political crisis was exacerbated by clashes on Thursday in Abidjan between supporters of the internationally acclaimed winner of the election, Alassane Ouattara, and the state security forces, which left at least 20 people dead and many injured.

Cote d'Ivoire has been plunged into a deep political crisis following the declaration of the two candidates winners by two separate bodies.

Whereas the Independent Electoral Commission gave victory to Ouattara, the Constitutional Council quashed that verdict and declared Gbagbo winner after invalidating hundreds of thousands of votes in Ouatrtara's northern stronghold.

The Economic Community of West African States, African Union, European Union and United Nations have asked Gbagbo to relinquish power.
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17 december 2010 21:29:05

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