Crisis envoy arrives in Ivory Coast amid threat of force
Laurent Gbagbo, right, speaks to demonstrators near Ivory Coast's presidential palace. Gbagbo has refused to step down as president.
January 3rd, 2011
09:36 AM ET

Crisis envoy arrives in Ivory Coast amid threat of force

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the African Union mediator in Ivory Coast's crisis, arrived in the west African nation's main city Monday, an official working for Laurent Gbagbo said.

The crisis stems from Gbagbo's refusal to step down as president after an election which international observers say he lost.

Odinga Sunday warned Gbagbo to step down or face military intervention by his neighbors.

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  1. Jack

    This is the reason why no one wants to invest in this continent. This is why this continent still dirt poor and will be dirt poor in the next century or so. It is making Cambodia and Burma much..much better places!

    January 3, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      Unfortunetly you're right. Africa is just like Haiti, you can make it rain money and it will do no good!

      January 3, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. myklds

    Gbagbo's must step down at once, otherwise his ass will be thrown-out the window.

    January 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nasty nate

    Dont worry keep letting mexicans in america and it will be worse than africa after while your gonna want to be in africa

    January 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nattydread

    Laurent Gbagbo is just one of the numerous African dinosaurs like Mugabe of Zimbabwe,Eyadema of Togo and some others who think they are born to be president for a whole life time.They do not care about the people's choice because of their selfish ambitions.I think after stealing the country's wealth for ten good years,it will be wise for Gbagbo to relinquish power to Alassane Ouattara who is rightly elected by the people of the Ivory Coast.

    January 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. romao

    I born in Angola ,MPLA and UNITA fought for diamonds , people still suffering today ,but ,the capitalist countries never TOUCH those mad dictators !...financial reasons!!!!!!!isn't? this is democracy?

    January 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |