U.N. Chief tells Ivory Coast incumbent leader to step down
December 17th, 2010
11:51 AM ET

U.N. Chief tells Ivory Coast incumbent leader to step down

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.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Homer Simpson

    throw the bum out!

    December 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Homer Simpson

    i still remeber when a crooked poltician ran when the spotlight hit them, now they perform like circus animals

    December 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. amin

    I wonder why african leaders are so desperate about power.shame on gbagbo for trying to put is nation into disrepute.cos when sanction comes the masses suffer.

    December 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hmmm

    shady.

    December 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Derrick

    Y western leaders suportin this killer the guy is a rebel leader may be slatter lots of people he should be going to the hangin tree

    December 18, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. zio

    Another way to make matter worse is sanction on cote divoire. Its evil of anyone supporting this idea. If gbagbo cant be taken care of just leave the common ppl alone.

    December 18, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. kojo

    This is just selfish. These are some of the things Africa can't rise to the top. We only think about ourself and not others. when will African leaders know this.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |