(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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