06 Apr '11, 12pm

#IvoryCoast Another day, another showdown - Asia News Channel

#IvoryCoast Another day, another showdown - Asia News Channel

ABIDJAN - Forces for Ivory Coast's internationally-recognised leader Alassane Ouattara stormed Laurent Gbagbo's bunker Wednesday, determined to haul him out and end his hold on power after a disputed vote. Gunfire rang near Gbagbo's residence and the presidential palace, witnesses said, amid a fresh assault to force him to end his decade-long rule of the world's number one cocoa producer. "We are going to take Laurent Gbagbo out of his hole and hand him over to the president of the republic," said Sidiki Konate, spokesman for forces for Ouattara, the recognised winner of the November election. "We are going to his residence to fetch him and put an end to this comedy... This charade must end because the country is collapsing," he said. Gbagbo was holed up in his residence in Abidjan's northern suburb Cocody, refusing to surrender or acknowledge that he lost the election. "W...

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