Ivory Coast On Brink Of Climactic Battle As Forces Fight Over Capital City

Ivory CoastA Pro-Ouatarra fighter drives around Abidjan

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The Ivory Coast is on the brink of a climatic battle between forces loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo and those supporting the recently elected Alassane Ouattara.The battle, which is to be over the country’s capital city of Abijdan, now seems imminent, according to CNN.

All the while, Ouattra is calling for an investigation into the deaths of 800 Ivorian civilians in a mass killing the country’s west. It is unknown who conducted the killing, though Ouattra’s officials deny any involvement.

Friday’s cocoa trading seemed to indicate the market was confident this conflict would soon be over, with Ouattara taking the presidency. Prices of cocoa have fallen back to late 2010 levels, after skyrocketing due to a ban on exports.

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