Alassane Ouattara's Forces Reach Ivory Coast Capital
Alassane Ouattara's Forces Enter Yamoussoukro: Côte d'Ivoire
Troops loyal to elected Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara have entered the Ivorian capital city of Yamoussoukro. Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, who lost the election according to the Ivory Coast's electoral commission and the UN, has enlisted "thousands" more soldiers to help him keep his grip on power.
Nearly 500 people have been killed in the fighting since the election; Ouattara's forces have been overwhelming Gbagbo's at every battle, according to the BBC. There are nearly 10,000 UN troops in Côte d'Ivoire, but they are not engaging Gbagbo's forces at all.
The rebels' arrival in the administrative capital marks a dramatic advance from multiple directions after months of political stalemate. But many believe a final bloody battle over the presidency is destined for the commercial capital of Abidjan.
The 2010 election highlighted the north-south divide in Côte d'Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo's support came mainly from the south, while Alassane Ouattara's came from the north. Note that this was also the divide during the Ivorian Civil War, which began in 2002 and ended in 2007.