United Nations and French helicopters opened fire on the residence of Ivory Coast’s former leader, Laurent Gbagbo , and the offices of state television in the city of Abidjan, according to eyewitnesses.
Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara announced the reopening of the nation’s airspace after forces backing him said they seized the state broadcaster and attacked incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo ’s residence.
Ivory Coast’s former leader Laurent Gbagbo , whose refusal to step down after losing November’s election triggered a civil war, was captured after French troops and forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara laid siege to his home.
Troops loyal to Alassane Ouattara , the internationally recognized winner of Ivory Coast ’s November presidential election, are moving south, closing in on the capital and a key cocoa-exporting port as incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo calls for a cease-fire and talks.
The African Union will this week discuss using diplomatic isolation and economic sanctions to force Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo to relinquish power following a November election the continental body says he lost.
Alassane Ouattara is on the verge of winning the military battle to control Ivory Coast . The challenge of healing ethnic and regional divisions in the world’s top cocoa producer may prove to be a more daunting task.