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Ivory Coast elections: media and diplomatic reaction

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Rebecca Blackwell/AP

(Read caption) Boys shout "We don't want Gbagbo" next to the remains of a morning protest fire in the Koumassi neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Dec. 5. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki tried to mediate the nation's growing political crisis Sunday as hundreds protested in the country's north, a day after both candidates in the disputed election said they were now president.

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On many Saturdays I post interesting links about various countries in Africa. Today, given the turmoil in Cote d’Ivoire, I thought it appropriate to do a roundup specifically for that country. For those who have not been following the story, a declaration of victory for opposition candidate Alassane Outtara quickly gave way to a declaration of victory for incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. Turmoil has resulted.

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