A delegation of four African leaders, including Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and Presidents Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone), Pedro Pires (Cape Verde) and Alpha Conde (Guinnea) have failed to persuade incumbent president of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, to step down.
Gbagbo has refused to relinquish power in the Ivory Coast, despite losing elections in December.
Alassane Ouattara was declared President of Côte d’Ivoire on 3 December 2010, but Gbagbo refused to recognise the election, and claimed he had, in fact, won the vote. While election was close run, 54.1% to 45.9%, the UN have since backed the victory of Mr Ouattara.
The delegation of African leaders met with Mr Gbagbo in order to attempt to persuade the incumbent President to step aside. This effort appears to have failed, prompting questions over what will happen next for the country.
The four leaders are currently reporting to the African Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) group in order to decide what further steps to take.
There are currently IRO 9,000 UN peacekeepers in the Côte d’Ivoire, in an effort to prevent this month-long power struggle from descending into violence.