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I.Coast closes borders amid election chaos: army

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Abidjan (AFP) Dec 2, 2010
Ivory Coast closed its land, sea and air borders Thursday until further notice and ordered foreign television news stations to be blocked amid turmoil over its contested presidential election.

"The land, air and sea borders are closed to all movement of people and goods from this Thursday at 8:00 pm (2000 GMT) until further notice," the army said in a statement on state television.

A separate statement said authorities would jam foreign television and radio signals.

The state audiovisual authority said it had ordered "the immediate suspension of all foreign news channels" carried by the Canal+ Horizon network, which provides all the foreign channels available in Ivory Coast.

The electoral commission earlier announced that provisional results showed opposition leader Alassane Ouattara had beaten President Laurent Gbagbo in the disputed polls.

The head of the country's Constitutional Council, top Gbagbo ally Paul Yao N'Dre, promptly rejected the results as invalid on the grounds that the commission had overrun the legal deadline for releasing them.

Bloodshed erupted ahead of the announcement when security forces shot dead eight people at a local headquarters of Ouattara's RDR party in a largely pro-Gbagbo district of Abidjan, witnesses said.

Ouattara called on his "brother" Gbagbo to accept the result, promising to form a unity government and "bring together the nation in the values of peace, forgiveness, reconciliation and union."




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