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Ivory Coast Calls for Strike

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST --

Laurent Gbagbo says he doesn't care about world opinion and has no plans to give up the presidency.

In an interview with Associated Press Television News, the incumbent insists he was duly elected in last month's presidential runoff. That's not the view of the United Nations, which says his rival Alassan Ouattara won the election.

Meanwhile, Ouattara's allies have called for a general strike to last until Gbagbo concedes defeat and leaves power.

The international community has also been pressuring Gbagbo to leave amid worries that Ivory Coast could again fall into civil
war.
West African leaders have threatened to remove him by force if
he refuses to go. Sierra Leone's information ministry says three
presidents from the region will fly to the capital this week to
confront Mr. Gbagbo and offer him asylum if he leaves.
But Gbagbo tells APTN that those leaders will have to explain
how he lost the election, adding "I am not looking to share
power."
Gbagbo's security forces have been accused of being behind
hundreds of arrests, and dozens of cases of disappearance and
torture in recent weeks.


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