Church leaders plead for calm as two rivals claim electoral victory in Ivory Coast
December 06, 2010
The Independent Electoral Commission certified challenge Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the November 28 election, and Ouattara was dutifully sworn in on December 4. But the commission then revoked its certification, and declared the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, as the winner. Gbagbo was then sworn in.
Both Ouattara and Gbagbo have appointed governments, and each insists that he is the country’s legitimate leader. Religious leaders—who have been pleading for respect for the electoral process—are urging the two rivals to come to some peaceful agreement.