UN recognizes Ouattara as 'Ivory Coast's president'

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday recognized Alassane Ouattara as Ivory Coast's legitimate president in last month's presidential election.

UN recognizes Ouattara as 'Ivory Coast's president'

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday recognized Alassane Ouattara as Ivory Coast's legitimate president in last month's presidential election.

The 192-nation General Assembly formally recognized Ouattara by unanimously deciding that the list of diplomats he submitted to the world body be recognized as the sole official representatives of Ivory Coast at the United Nations. The country's new U.N. ambassador is Youssouf Bamba.

Laurent Gbagbo has refused to quit following a Nov. 28 election that African countries, Western powers and the United Nations say was won by challenger Ouattara, sparking a political crisis that has killed at least 173 people and threatens to reignite the country's 2002-2003 civil war.

Gbagbo's U.N. ambassador, Alcide Djedje, already has left New York, as have all of his staff, Western diplomats told Reuters, adding that they had taken computer hard drives from the Ivory Coast mission with them. Djedje is now Gbagbo's foreign minister.


Reuters

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