The militiamen behind Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

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Following Ivory Coast's November presidential elections, defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to hand over power to his victorious rival Alassane Ouattara, despite the threat of military intervention by West African states. Will Gbagbo go all the way to a fight? A key element will be the readiness for combat of his Young Patriot urban militia force, profiled here.

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Following presidential elections in November, Ivory Coast's defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to step down, despite losing to Alassane Ouattara in a result recognised by both the Ivorian electoral commission and the international community.