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Dec042010

Disputed Ivory Coast Election May Lead to Civil War

Photo Courtesy - ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast) -- Civil war looms over the West African nation Ivory Coast after a disputed presidential election. The opposition candidate Alessana Ouattra, a Muslim from the north, was declared the winner by almost 10 percentage points by an internationally-accepted electoral commission. But in a stunning reversal, officials allied with current president Laurent Gbagbo declared Gbagbo the winner. The U.N. and the Obama administration released statements claiming they do not recognize Gbagbo as the president.

The military, allied with the president, has sealed in all the borders: land, sea and air. The government has also banned all foreign broadcasts, trying to make sure no information comes in or goes out.

The measures could lead to chaos and ethnic war. The 8,000 peacekeeping troops currently stationed in the country are not thought to be enough to stop what could be an even bloodier civil war than the last one in 2002, which killed thousands and divided the country.

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