UN troops in Ivory Coast
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Ivory Coast presidential rivals in showdown

Troops supporting the UN-recognised president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, appear poised for a final push to oust his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to give up the presidency.

In the main city, Abidjan, pro-Ouattara forces have launched an assault on the fortified presidential residence.

French troops have taken about 500 foreigners to a military camp amid increasing insecurity in the city.

Andrew Harding reports.

  • 01 Apr 2011
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