Ivory Coast threatens to expel UN envoy over poll

by (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. Click For Restrictions. http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 3 December 2010 21:01 GMT

ABIDJAN, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast has threatened to throw the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission out of the country, hours after he refused to recognise a decision to name incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo winner of an election.

"That's the last time that Mr. (Y.J.) Choi behaves in that manner. We are watching him. The next time, we will ask him to leave immediately," said Alcide Djedje, a presidential advisory and Ivory Coast's ambassador to the U.N.

"Ivory Coast is sovereign ... We will never accept a civil servant behaves that way in a sovereign country," he said in a state television broadcast.

The U.N. has hailed Alassane Ouattara, Gbagbo's rival who was named winner by the election commission on Thursday, as the real winner of the poll. The Constitutional Council reversed the outcome on Friday citing fraud in the provisional results. (Reporting by Tim Cocks; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Richard Valdmanis)

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.