Gbagbo staying is 'a blow to democracy'
Abidjan - An African Union envoy says allowing Ivory Coast's incumbent leader to stay in office would be a "deadly blow" to democracy on the continent.
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is headed back to Ivory Coast on Monday in yet another effort to persuade Laurent Gbagbo to cede power nearly two months after the presidential election.
His visit marks the fifth time in as many weeks that an African leader has come to speak to the defiant Gbagbo.
Results tallied by the electoral commission and certified by the United Nations showed Gbagbo lost to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.
Regional leaders have threatened to consider a military intervention to oust Gbagbo if he continues to cling to power.