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Women protesters killed by gov't troops in Cote D'Ivoire

03-04-2011 08:17 BJT

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Security forces in the Cote D'Ivoire capital Abidjan, have shot dead seven women taking part in an all-female protest against the country's incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo.

Many others were wounded in the incident which took place in a northern suburb of the city as the women gathered for what was to be a peaceful march.

The United Nations has called for restraint in the country, where at least 365 have been killed in post-election violence. Cote D'Ivoire has been embroiled in a violent political stalemate since last November's disputed presidential election.

Opposition leader Alassane Ouattara has claimed he is the rightful winner, but Gbagbo has refused to acknowledge the results. Cote D'Iovire's ambassador to the U.N. has also rejected the idea of a power sharing agreement.

Youssoufou Bamba, Cote D'Ivoire UN Ambassador, said, "I say no power-sharing agreement because it would be no democracy. The election has been conducted very well. It has been fair, free, transparent and democratic election. It was the best ever that happened in Cote d'Ivoire in the sub region. So it's a gain. It will be a set back if there is power-sharing. We have to move forward and Mr. Gbagbo has to leave."



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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