AU recognises Ouattara election win
Addis Ababa - The African Union on Saturday acknowledged the results of Ivory Coast's presidential election that named opposition leader Alassane Ouattara as the winner, and condemned any attempt to seize power by a "fait accompli".
It called for "respect for the outcome of the presidential election as proclaimed by the Independent Electoral Commission", which found that Ouattara had beaten incumbent Laurent Gbagbo.
But the results were overruled by the head of the Constitutional Council, a Gbagbo supporter, who cited vote-rigging in Ouattara's strongholds in the north, and on Saturday Gbagbo was sworn back into office.
Hours later the AU issued its statement saying it rejected "any attempt to create a fait accompli to undermine the electoral process and the will of the people..."
Such a move would further complicate "an already serious situation" and plunge the country into "a crisis of incalculable consequences", the African Union warned.
And it backed a moved to send South Africa's former president Thabo Mbeki to Ivory Coast to try to broker a peaceful solution to the crisis.
Accordingly, the AU "called on the parties to show the necessary restraint and to refrain from taking actions which will exacerbate an already fragile situation".