Fears of violence are mounting in the city of Abidjan as Ivorian strongman Laurent Gbagbo clings to power following a disputed Nov. 28 run-off vote, despite international calls for him to cede power to presidential challenger Alassane Ouattara.
Pressure mounted on incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to cede power on Tuesday as his political rival issued a call for civil disobedience and the United States became the latest nation to impose a travel ban on the defiant Ivorian strongman and his allies.
The call came hours before the US State Department authorised a travel ban against Gbagbo’s administration. The European Union had earlier issued a travel ban on Gbagbo and his close supporters.
In a disturbing turn of events that is reminiscent of the troubled days of the 2004 civil war, Charles Ble Goude, Gbagbo’s notorious lieutenant, has been holding rallies across Abidjan in recent days.
Date created : 2010-12-21