Ivory Coast: Ouattara forces attack Gbagbo residence

A spokesman for Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara says forces loyal to him attacked the Abidjan residence of incumbent president Laurent Gbago, early Friday and have taken control of the country’s state television station.

The spokesman said the televison station went off the air Thursday night.

Ouattara forces entered Abidjan earlier Thusday after sweeping across Ivory Coast this week, facing only minor resistance from Mr. Gbagbo’s security.

The United States, the United Nations, former colonial power France and officials with Mr. Ouattara’s government all issued calls for Mr. Gbagbo to step down.

Mr. Gbagbo has resisted pressure to give up power since Mr. Ouattara was declared the winner of last November’s presidential election.

Earlier Thursday, United Nations peacekeepers took control of the Abidjan airport, while France said its peacekeepers are patrolling parts of Abidjan where looting broke out.

South Africa said Mr. Gbagbo’s army chief of staff and his family sought refuge at the Abidjan home of the South African ambassador.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is closely following the situation, and he urged all parties to avoid harming civilians. He reiterated a demand that Mr. Gbagbo immediately cede power.

The United Nations said Thursday that at least 494 people have been killed since the political crisis began in early December. It says up to 1 million people have been displaced, with thousands fleeing west to Liberia or east to Ghana.

4 comments

  1. To rule a country does not mean it belong to him ,so gbagbo must know that and should take that of SADAM HUSSEIN and MUAMAR GHADAFFI as example —-I KNOW GBAGBO WILL DEFINATELLY DIE A FATEFUL AND MERCILESS DEATH . i looked AT THE IVOPIAN REFUGEES COMING INTO GHANA MY COUNTRY OF BITH -I STOOD SORROWFULLY AND WEEPED FOR THEM –OH WHAT A WICKED MAN IS THAT GBAGBO—BELIEVE ME HE WILL DIE LIKE AN ANIMAL SOON– MAY GOD HELP THE IVORIAN EFUGEES

  2. Why is Quattara not interested in contesting elections in his home country –
    Bukina Faso- where he was born rather than the country which gave him bread so that he could grow.
    This is mad and total unjust. The good people of Ivory Coast welcomes such a
    person in their country, give him and his parents bread and water. Then he later tells his host country that he would rule it. This is an iunsult to the people of Ivory Coast and all those people who intend to help suffering people from foreign countries.Why does he not want to contest the Dictator in his home country Bukina Faso who has ruled that country for over thirty years after killing his best Friend Sankara in order to gain power.
    The simple truth is that France wants to install the foreigner and stooge Quattara in Ivory Coast in order to recolonialise that country in order to serve the interest of France in Africa.
    Africans beware of these these neo colonialists and stooges like Quattara.
    If France is so honest in helping Ivory Coast, why not help the people of Bukina
    Faso to organise elections against that Dictator in which Quattara as a
    national of the country could have contested.
    Let these neocolonialists know that the whole world knows their intentions.They
    are not interested in a democracy in Ivory Coast, but rather to keep it under their
    control through such a stooge like Quattara.

    • First of all my friend where did u get this information from?Quattara was born in a village which bukina – faso post independence but it became ivory coast after independence due to wrong demarkation of the borders by the colonial masters just trans togoland and western side of Ghana from Assini mafia to Grand Bassam.What i’m trying to put across is simple as this,if Gbagbo knew Quattara is not 100% ivorien why did he agreed to contest with him?Let the rule of LAW take it’s cause.

  3. onana patrick essomba

    Cameroon is not far from what we see over there in Ivory Coast . Help us offroot Mr.Biya from the people ‘s throne. He is a dictator and if United Nations is waiting for War before coming in then, there is that is the greatest error she is making. He loses Elections in 1990 and refused to step down and in 1994 He rigged elections again nothing happens to him and manupulate the country’s constitution as he wants to fit his desire and now he has put in place already for the 2011 presidetial elections to keep staying in power and UN is saying nothing about this.HELP US TALK ON OUR BEHALF and let this man step down ASAP.

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