France says on brink of getting I.Coast's Gbagbo to quit

5th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

France is on the brink of convincing strongman Laurent Gbagbo of its former colony Ivory Coast to stand down in favour of his rival Alassane Ouattara, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday.

"We are today I hope on the brink of convincing Mr Gbagbo to leave power and let Alassane Ouattara exercise" power, Juppe said.

"We must now look to the future, helping this new Ivory Coast reconstruct in peace and prosperity."

© 2011 AFP

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