Last updated: 7 december, 2010 - 09:28 GMT

AU mediator Thabo Mbeki leaves Ivory Coast without a breakthrough

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The crisis in Ivory Coast takes centre stage in the Nigerian capital Abuja later today.

An extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West Africa States (Ecowas) leaders is scheduled to take place to discuss the political impasse in that West African country.

With both Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara claiming victory after the presidential election run-off nearly ten days ago.

The United Nations and most of the international community back the verdict of the Independent Electoral Commission, which said that opposition leader Mr Ouattara won with 54% of the vote.

The UN is temporarily moving non-essential staff out of the country as the threat of violence looms the longer the stalemate remains unbroken.

The African Union's envoy, former South African president, Thabo Mbeki left last night without a deal.

From Abidjan, BBC Network Africa's John James reports.

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