Last updated: 31 march, 2011 - 09:06 GMT

Ivorian pro-Ouattara forces take the capital, Yamossoukro

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Forces loyal to the internationally recognised president, Alassane Ouatarra, captured the western city of Yamossoukro, which lies along their route to the commercial capital, Abidjan.

Pro-Ouattara forces are pictured with their weapons on March 28, 2011 in Blolequin, in western Ivory Coast.

Many fear an imminent bloody battle for the presidency.

Te forces backing Mr Ouattara now control Yamoussoukro, Soubre, and Meagui.

There are also reports that they have entered the port of San Pedro, which handles the country's cocoa exports.

Our correspondetn John James is in the central town of Bouake that for years has remained the stronghold of Outtara's supporters.

He told BBC Network Africa's Akwasi Sarpong what the reaction has been to UN sanctions.

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