In Zambia, Soro calls for commando attack of Gbagbo

An influential opponent of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo called on Wednesday for a targeted commando strike against the leader who is resisting calls to step down after a disputed election in November. Gbagbo’s rival Alassane Ouattara was proclaimed winner of the vote by the electoral commission and is internationally recognised as president-elect, but Gbagbo has refused to go, alleging vote-rigging by the opposition.

Guillaume Soro, Ouattara’s prime minister, said in a visit to Zambia to rally support for Gbagbo’s ouster: “A targeted commando military operation will be the quickest and most efficient way of removing Gbagbo from power because dialogue has failed.”

“A military operation which only targets Gbagbo and the soldiers supporting him will spare us civilian casualties,” he told a news briefing.

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