US recognizes Ouattara as rightful I.Coast leader (AFP) – 580th Edition

26 03 2011

An armed militiaman backing internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara stands guard at a makeshift checkpoint in the Abobo district of Abidjan. Thousands of people are expected to gather for a 24-hour rally in support of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo, as a bloody post-election crisis pushes the country to the brink of civil war.(AFP/Issouf Sanogo)AFP – The United States recognizes President Alassane Ouattara as the rightful leader of the west African nation of Ivory Coast, US President Barack Obama said late Friday.

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