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Mediation mission - Thabo Mbeki to help Ivory Coast

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Mediation mission - Thabo Mbeki to help Ivory Coast
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Supporters of Ivory Coast’s presidential claimant, Alassane Ouattara are calling for the country’s incumbent leader to step down after a disputed election.

Fears that Ivory Coast could tear itself in half once more have prompted the African Union to send South Africa’s former president, Thabo Mbeki to mediate between the electoral rivals.

Mbeki’s arrival in the capital Abidjan marked the re- opening of the country’s borders, closed since the crisis blew up on Thursday.

But Ouattara, who has secured international endorsements, told Mbeki he was in no mood for compromise and wants Laurent Gbagbo to go.

Earlier, Mbeki remained tight-lipped after he appeared not to get the reassurances he was after from Laurent Gbagbo who is clinging on to power.

Despite Ouattara having been declared the winner by the country’s election Commission, the ruling was over turned by the Constitutional Council which is led by a close ally of Gbagbo.

Ivory Coast’s military have also given him their support.