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Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo Eyes Cease-Fire as Troops Near Capital

Troops loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of Ivory Coast’s November presidential election, are moving south, closing in on the capital and a key cocoa-exporting port as incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo calls for a cease-fire and talks.

The Republican Forces plan to advance on the capital, Yamoussoukro, today, said Meite Sindou, spokesman for Ouattara’s prime minister, Guillaume Soro. Shops and the city’s market are closed and the streets free of traffic, said resident Serge Kipre.