Gbagbo orders UN vehicles searched in Ivory Coast

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 21, 2011 11:37

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Ivory Coast's incumbent leader who has refused to cede power nearly two months after the presidential election stepped up pressure on the United Nations.

Laurent Gbagbo, who still controls the country's military, on Thursday evening ordered police and army officials to stop and search all UN vehicles.

Col. Hilaire Gohourou announced the order on state television.

It's the latest escalation of hostilities between Gbagbo and the UN mission that refuses to recognize his power. The UN has said that Alassane Ouattara won the election.

Gbagbo's government has ordered UN peacekeepers out of the country, claiming that they are no longer impartial. The UN Security Council voted Wednesday to send an additional 2,000 troops.


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