Gbagbo 'serious' about military intervention threat

26th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo said Sunday he takes the threat of military intervention "seriously" and branded moves to remove him from power as a "plot" hatched by France and the United States, in an interview to France's Le Figaro newspaper.

Gbagbo, who claims to have won last month's disputed presidential election, is staunchly refusing to stand aside for his long-time rival Alassane Ouattara, who has been recognised as the victor by UN vote monitors and world powers.

Saying he took the threats "seriously," but underlining that he remained "calm," Gbagbo named the US and French ambassadors to Ivory Coast as those allegedly involved in the supposed plot.

Several international leaders, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, have warned Gbagbo's stubbornness could plunge Ivory Coast back into civil war. A West African bloc has meanwhile threatened military action.

© 2010 AFP

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