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Cote d'Ivoire extends curfew for another week

12-15-2010 09:45 BJT

ABIDJAN, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Cote d'Ivoire on Monday extended the curfew for another week. The move was contained a presidential decree by President Laurent Gbagbo which was read out in state television.

Cote d'Ivoire imposed the curfew across the country on Nov. 27, one day ahead of the presidential run-off, which was aimed at preventing violence before and during the presidential run-off.

The curfew had already been extended.

In the presidential run-off, incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and former prime minister and opposition leader Alassane Ouattara competed for the top office of the country.

Ouattara was claimed as the winner of the election by the electoral commission while Gbagbo was named as the winner by the Constitutional Council which has the final say on the results of the polls.

Gbagbo has been sworn in as the new president of the west African country by the Constitutional Council and Ouattara has also swore himself in as the president.

The international community is seriously concerned over the political chaos triggered by the election in Cote d'Ivoire.

Alassane Ouattara is the internationally recognized winner of the election.

The 15-member regional bloc ECOWAS has suspended Cote d'Ivoire.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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