Last updated: 20 january, 2011 - 10:44 GMT

Gbagbo rejects Kenyan PM as mediator in Ivory Coast's political crisis

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In Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo has rejected Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga as mediator, thus deepening the crisis in Ivory Coast.

African Union envoy and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga gives a press conference on January 19, 2011 in Abidjan.

Raila Odinga told a press conference that he had made no breakthrough in the political crisis

Mr Odinga was appointed by the African Union which, along with the United Nations and the European Union, have called for Mr Gbagbo to step aside and allow Alassane Ouattara, who's widely recognised as the winner of the November election, to become president.

The Kenyan prime minister left Abidjan yesterday after declaring there had been no breakthrough in his efforts to break the impasse that followed the election in which both men claim to have won.

Our reporter in Abidjan John James told BBC Network Africa's Audrey Brown about the diplomatic fallout of all this.

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