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article imageUN calls for more troops in Ivory Coast

By Samuel Okocha     Jan 6, 2011 in World
The United Nations says it needs more troops in Ivory Coast as part of efforts to resolve a political crisis resulting from last November's presidential run-off in which the incumbent has refused to hand over to the internationally recognized winner.
VOA reports the head of United Nations peacekeeping Alain Le Roy will be making a request to the Security Council for 2,000 additional troops for the West African country. Le Roy said he hoped the expected soldiers would arrive in the next few weeks.
The UN currently has a force of nearly 10,000 troops deployed across Ivory Coast. The peacekeepers are also guarding a hotel in the main city of Abidjan where Mr. Ouattara has been running his shadow government since the electoral commission declared him the winner of the November vote.
Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo was sworn in after the constitutional council annulled votes he said were fraudulent in Ouattara's strong holds in the north.
The Economic Community of West African States, the African Union and the rest of the international community have said Mr. Ouattara is the duly-elected president and Mr. Gbagbo must step down.
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