AU calls on Gbagbo to step down

2011-03-11 08:51

Abidjan - An official says the African Union has called on Laurent Gbagbo to step down as Ivory Coast's president and allow the candidate who won the African nation's presidential election to take office.

The official says the African Union's Peace and Security Council reached that decision while meeting on Thursday in Addis Ababa.

Alassane Ouattara has been recognised by governments around the world as the legitimate president of Ivory Coast, but has been unable to take office because Gbagbo refuses to step down.

A political adviser to Ouattara who was at the meeting says the council reaffirmed Ouattara as Ivory Coast president and asked its constitutional council to install him as president.

The adviser showed the AP the council's unpublished resolution and its proposals.