Defeated President refuses to concede

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The Independent Online

The stability of Ivory Coast, one of West Africa's most volatile states, deteriorated further yesterday, one week after a disputed presidential election.

Alassane Ouattara, who has been acknowledged internationally as the winner of last week's election, said that negotiations would be impossible unless his opponent Laurent Gbagbo first conceded power. Both men have held rival ceremonies to swear themselves in as president.