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Obama Urges Laurent Gbagbo To Step Aside


President Barack Obama urged Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to cede power to the “legitimate winner” of the polls, a senior US official told AFP in an exclusive interview Monday December 6, amid growing unrest in the African nation.
At least 20 people have been killed in election-related violence amid a tense deadlock between powerful rivals Gbagbo and his rival Alassane Ouattara, a former prime minister.
Both have sworn themselves in as president of the West African state and each has named a separate prime minister. “To the White House, Ouattara is the legitimate winner of the election,” a senior White House official told AFP in an exclusive interview.
In a letter to Gbagbo, Obama put forward a choice: “you can abide by the results of this election and step aside and respect the results of the election,” the official continued, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“However, if you go forward down the path that you’re signalling that you’re going down, you will face greater international isolation, that you will be ignoring the will of your own people and that you will bear the consequences of what is an unjust action.”
Source: Nationalpost.com

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