Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent President in Ivory Coast (left) and his political rival Alassane Ouattara (right)
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Ivory Coast: Africa mediation fails to end stalemate

4 January 2011 Last updated at 12:03 GMT

Ivory Coast's political crisis remains deadlocked despite a mediation attempt by African leaders, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has said.

"There is still a stalemate," Mr Jonathan, who heads the West African bloc Ecowas, told reporters after talks with envoys who on Monday met the two men claiming Ivory Coast's presidency.

The UN regards Alassane Ouattara as the winner of November's poll but incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refuses to cede power.

Damon Embling reports.