African leaders try again to break deadlock
A number of African leaders including South African President Jacob Zuma are said to be trvaleiing to Cote d’Ivoire to attempt to break the political deadlock in the country.
Alassane Ouattara the internationally recognised winner of the presidential election held on 28th November 2010 has been forced to stay in a hotel in the capital whilst Laurent Gbagbo the previous incumbent refuses to give up the presidency.
Ouattara has been trying to starve the Gbagbo government of funds and has won over a number of international banks including Citigroup and PNB Paribas. He has also asked cocoa and coffee exporters to stop exports until the situation is normalised.
Troops loyal to Laurent Gbagbo have had a number of clashes with protesters loyal to Ouattara and several protesters have been shot dead.