03 Apr '11, 11am

US demands Gbagbo step down 'immediately': Clinton

US demands Gbagbo step down 'immediately': Clinton

Mr Gbagbo (above) has been brushing off calls by world leaders to step down amid an offensive by troops backing the internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - THE United States early on Sunday called on Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo to step down immediately, saying he was pushing the West African nation into lawlessness. 'The United States calls on former president Laurent Gbagbo to step down immediately,' Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement. 'Gbagbo is pushing Cote d'Ivoire into lawlessness,' she added. The appeal came as heavy artillery fire and explosions shook central Abidjan on Saturday on the third day of a fierce battle for the city. So far, Mr Gbagbo has been brushing off calls by world leaders to step down amid an offensive by troops backing the internationally recognised president Alassa...

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