13th December, 2010
The man widely recognised as winner of Ivory Coastâ€™s disputed presidential poll hasÂ said incumbent Laurent Gbagbo must concede power to allow for talks.
A spokesman for Alassane Ouattara said he did not oppose dialogue but no talks couldÂ take place until he was recognised as president by everyone.
The African Union has suspended Ivory Coast while Mr. Gbagbo stays in office.
The election was intended to reunite the worldâ€™s largest cocoa producer after aÂ civil war in 2002. Ivory Coastâ€™s electoral commission has declared that Mr. OuattaraÂ won the 28 November run-off election by 54.1 percent to 45.9 percent.
But the political stalemate shows no sign of ending soon, the BBCâ€™s John JamesÂ reports.
Mr. Ouattara has appointed a new prime minister, ex-rebel Guillaume Soro, and hasÂ said he will start work in his official office next week.
But the building is still under the control of Mr. Gbagbo.
With both Mr. Gbagbo and Mr. Ouattara having taken oaths of office and appointedÂ governments, Mr. Ouattaraâ€™s administration is currently under UN protection at aÂ hotel in the city of Abidjan.
Mr. Gbagbo has the support of several leading generals and control of stateÂ television. One of his key allies also controls the countryâ€™s constitutionalÂ council, which overturned the election results saying large numbers of votes cast inÂ the north, Mr. Ouattaraâ€™s home regions, were fraudulent.
On Thursday, Mr. Gbagbo said he was open to negotiation. But he refused offers to goÂ into exile and seems to want some kind of power-sharing deal, an option theÂ opposition rejects outright, our correspondent says. The crisis has hit the IvorianÂ economy hard and economics may eventually tip the balance in Mr. Ouattaraâ€™s favour,Â if the government struggles to pay workers salaries.