The crisis in Mali and Guinea Bissau was preceded by serious political problems in Cote d’Ivoire after outcome of the country’s Presidential election was announced. President Laurent Gbagbo who lost the election refused to accept defeat. Nigeria as the Chair of ECOWAS, in conjunction with the international community, mounted a serious pressure, including the threat of using all means possible to remove Gbagbo before the current President Alasane Quatarra was sworn in as the legitimately elected President of Cote D’Ivoire. This effort forestalled a major crisis in the country and unified the citizenry and the country behind their new leader.

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