Ivory Coast Leader Defies UN's Demands to Step Down

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Supporters of Ivory Coast's internationally recognised leader Alassane Ouattara demonstrate on December 28, 2010 at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan. (ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty)

The West African country of Ivory Coast has been on the brink of civil war since incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo lost November’s democratically held elections to Alassane Ouattara, by 8 percent of the vote. With the backing of the nation’s army and much of its population, Gbagbo has refused the UN's ultimatum for a “last chance” to peacefully step down.

To explain more about what this ongoing situation means to the people of Ivory Coast is Mamadou Diouf, Director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University.  Former United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Peter Galbraith joins us to tell us how a rogue member of a small African nation can essentially hold the UN hostage.

Guests:

Mamadou Diouf and Peter Galbraith

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

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