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article imageFrance urges citizens to leave Ivory Coast

By Samuel Okocha     Dec 22, 2010 in World
France has called on its nationals in Ivory Coast to leave following the continued crisis over disputed elections in the West African country.
Government spokesman Francois Baroin said the measure was "precautionary", the BBC reports, adding there are approximately 15,000 French citizens in Ivory Coast.
The French move came as head of the World Bank Robert Zoellick said financing to the Ivory Coast had been frozen.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned the country could could be embroiled in a civil war, adding incumbent Laurent Gbagbo was trying to drive out peacekeepers.
Mr Gbagbo's challenger Alassane Ouattara is recognised by the international community as winner of last month's presidential run-off.
The election commission in the cocoa rich country had announced Ouattara as the winner of the November vote with an 8 percent lead over Gbagbo.
But Ivory Coast’s constitutional council overturned the result announced by the election commission in the incumbent’s favor after he complained of rigging in the country’s north, a strong hold of Ouattara.
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