Saturday 25 February 2017

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo given 'days' to step down Richard Valdmanis

Ivory Coast's president, Laurent Gbagbo, has only days in which to leave power peacefully with immunity, former prime minister Guillaume Soro said yesterday.

Three presidents from West African regional bloc ECOWAS are planning another round of talks tomorrow to convince Mr Gbagbo to cede power to Alassane Ouattara or face force after last year's disputed election.

"The message seems clear. This is the last chance for Mr Gbagbo to get a peaceful departure from power and a guarantee of immunity," Mr Soro said.

Earlier, a spokesman for Mr Ouattara said ECOWAS must use military force soon or Mr Gbagbo would become entrenched in power and become more difficult to remove.

More than 170 people have been killed since the stand-off, which has threatened to restart a 2002-03 civil war.

Sunday Independent

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