Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ivory Coast in crisis as Gbagbo sworn in

Laurent Gbagbo (left) and Alassane Ouattara. Photo: 27 November 2010Ivory Coast could now have two rival presidents
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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has been sworn in for a new term, defying an international outcry over last Sunday's run-off poll.

The US, UN and France say the election was won by Mr Gbagbo's rival - opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara.
He was declared the winner by the nation's electoral body, but this was overturned the Constitutional Council in favour of Mr Gbagbo.

Mr Ouattara is also planning to hold his own swearing-in ceremony.

The presidential run-off was intended to reunify the world's largest cocoa producer after a civil war in 2002, but could now leave the nation with two rival presidents.

At least four people have been killed in election-related clashes this week in the country's main city of Abidjan.

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