04 Apr '11, 10am

Gbagbo's army chief returns to his job, days after deserting

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - The army chief for Ivory Coast's strongman has rejoined the military days after deserting and seeking refuge at a foreign diplomat's residence, officials said Monday, as fighters backing the democratically elected leader sought to topple the entrenched president. Gen. Phillippe Mangou, his wife and five children have left the South African ambassador's residence in Abidjan after fleeing there last week, said Clayson Monyela, a spokesman for South Africa's foreign affairs ministry. Mangou's departure had been seen as a major blow to strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to cede power to internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara more than four months after the election. On Monday, the streets of Abidjan resembled a ghost town as the city's residents tensely awaited a final battle for power. Thousands of troops backing Ouattara are ama...

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