Ivory Coast protests fail amid civil war fears

December 17, 2010 21:16

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Police were out in force in Abidjan on Friday and prevented supporters of the internationally recognized winner of Ivory Coast's presidential election from demonstrating after their attempt to seize state institutions the day before which resulted in as many as 30 deaths.

Despite a call to mobilize Friday, most streets in Abidjan were deserted. Shops were shuttered and residents peered out of their windows.Civil war threatens to re-ignite in this West African nation that was once an economic hub of West Africa, with the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, and opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara both claiming victory in last month's poll. The international community said Ouattara won but Gbagbo has refused to step down.

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