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Ivory Coast: Gbagbo Forces Gaining Ground in Abidjan, UN Says

ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast) -- Forces in the Ivory Coast loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo are gaining ground throughout Abidjan -- the country's economic capital -- according to the United Nations.

Alain Le Roy, a UN peacekeeping official, said Friday that a small interval on Tuesday for peace talks allowed the heavily armed Gbagbo forces to gain control in the Plateau and Cocody areas of Abidjan.

Supporters of Gbagbo have battled against the country's internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara since the controversial election in November in which the UN certified that Ouattara had won.  Gbagbo refused to give up power.

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Gbagbo Escalates Violence in Ivory Coast

Photo Copyright - SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images(ABIDJAN) -- Violence has resumed with renewed vigor in the Ivory Coast this week as Laurent Gbagbo took action to secure his place in power.

Reports indicate Gbabgo used heavily armed troops to assail the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan, where many Gbagbo opponents live. The death toll is unclear.

The Ivory Coast has been on the verge of civil war since the November elections that Gbagbo lost to Alassane Ouattara. The nation's economy, once the world's largest cocoa producer, has since crumbled. Many major banks have closed in the past weeks, and international sanctions have suffocated normal economic behavior.

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