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Saturday, December 24, 2011

ECOWAS threatened use of force in removal of Ivory Coast president
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On December 24, 2010, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) threatened to forcibly remove Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo if he did not step down. Gbagbo had refused to cede power to then president-elect Alassance Ouattara, who was declared the winner in the country's November 28, 2010 runoff election. After Ouattara was declared the winner of the election, Gbagbo declared the results fraudulent. During his refusal to step down, supporters of both candidates clashed and thousands were killed between December 2010 and April 2011 when Gbagbo was eventually forced from power. He was ultimately captured by Ouattara supporters, assisted by French special forces. Gbagbo is currently awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of murder, rape, persecution, and inhumane acts.

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