UN recognizes Ouattara as Ivory Coast president

Associated Press
UN forces patrol a street, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.  A top opposition figure called Wednesday for the international community to use force to oust Laurent Gbagbo from the presidency after the disputed election, as France urged its citizens to get out amid growing fears of civil war. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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The U.N. General Assembly has recognized Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the Ivory Coast's presidential election, giving a boost to his bid to unseat Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to step down.

The 192-nation world body adopted a resolution by consensus Friday accepting the credentials of Ouattara's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, veteran diplomat Youssouf Bamba.

The assembly also rescinded the credentials of Ivory Coast's U.N. Ambassador Ilahiri Djedje, a Gbagbo supporter.

After General Assembly President Joseph Deiss banged his gavel approving the resolution, Namibia, speaking on behalf of southern African nations, and Nigeria protested that they had wanted a delay to study the resolution.

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