U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Friday called on Ivory Coast's incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to step down and said that "any other outcome would make a mockery of democracy."
On Monday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley urged Gbagbo to step down and recognize the November 28 runoff election was won by his challenger, Alassane Ouattara.
The country's Independent Electoral Commission said Ouattara won the runoff, but the country's Constitutional Council invalidated those results and declared Gbagbo the winner.
The United Nations, African Union, European Union and other international bodies and leaders have recognized Ouattara as the winner.
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