This week Laura Baines and guests discuss the controversy surrounding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the fate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who’s behind bars in London waiting to be extradited to Sweden, anti austerity protests and the threat they pose to democracy and the ongoing political turmoil in Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast's incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo (pictured) said Friday that he was ready to "sit down and talk" with rival Alassane Ouattara, who has garnered international support as the legitimate winner of disputed Nov. 28 elections.
The African Union suspended Ivory Coast Thursday until incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo cedes power to challenger Alassane Ouattara. The decision comes hours after the UN Security Council came out in favour of Ouattara.
The UN Security Council has backed Alassane Ouattara (pictured) as winner of Ivory Coast’s disputed Nov. 28 presidential election, shoring up his challenge to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to cede power despite international pressure.
World powers are demanding that Laurent Gbagbo stand aside for his rival Alassane Ouattara to take over the presidency. The potentially explosive standoff has damaged the economy and raised the specter of civil war.
Despite the world's largely unified pressure on incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to cede power to challenger Alassane Ouattara, Russia is blocking a UN Security Council statement that backs Ouattara as the winner of Ivory Coast’s presidential election.