April 5, 2011 / 4:08 PM / in 7 years

Gbagbo must sign over power before departure: France

PARIS (Reuters) - The international community is pushing for Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo to sign a document handing power to Alassane Ouattara as a condition of his departure, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday.

“We demand, and I have just had a conversation with the Secretary General of the United Nations on this who agrees entirely, that Gbagbo’s departure be preceded by the publication of a document with his signature in which he resigns from office and recognizes Ouattara as president,” Juppe told a parliamentary commission.

Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Louise Ireland

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