Supporters of incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo react during a pro-Gbagbo rally in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Jan. 9. Despite international pressure, Mr. Gbagbo still refuses to step down after losing the Nov. 28, 2010 election in Ivory Coast to Alassane Ouattara.
So far, international pressure has failed to convince incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to step down in Ivory Coast after he lost the Nov. 28 election by 8 percentage points.
Youths raise their hands in a show of support for Laurent Gbagbo at a rally led by Gbagbo minister and youth leader Charles Ble Goude, in the Koumassi neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. While the United Nations and other world powers recognize rival Alassane Ouattara as the winner of November presidential elections, Gbagbo has refused to step down for more than a month after the presidential runoff vote. The 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS has threatened to remove the incumbent leader if ongoing negotiations fail.
Despite threats from regional bloc ECOWAS that it would soon use force in Ivory Coast, leaders of the African Union said they will give mediation efforts more time.
Diplomatic options in Ivory Coast are running out after a group of African leaders failed to convince the incumbent president to step down and regional forces said they were beginning to discuss military strategies.
The year 2011 will include some big developments in Africa to look out for – Sudan's referendum and the continuing strife in Ivory Coast, among others.
The Obama administration's efforts to get incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to step down after a disputed Nov. 28 poll reflects an ossified view of African politics, writes guest blogger G. Pascal Zachary.
Africa is rife with the kind of political failure seen now in the Ivory Coast after its election, but UN and other foreign involvement show that there is an interest in making this turn out differently.
A youth walks away from a marble elephant after watching the final sunset of the year from what is known as the giant granite rock above the Jackali Mahadev Hindu Temple in the village of Narlai, Rajahstan, India.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that his country will support UN-sanctioned military intervention as fears of the tension devolving into genocide and civil war grow.