Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo refuses phone call from Barack Obama

Supporters of Ivory Coast's leader Laurent Gbagbo hold aloft an Ivory Coast national flag during a rally in Yopougon, Abidjan

Laurent Gbagbo, who is widely viewed  by the west as having lost a recent election, is refusing to leave office despite attempts to persuade him from West African leaders and others in the broader international community.Lanny J Davis, a lawyer who used to work for Bill Clinton, has resigned from his job advising Mr Gbagbo, claiming that the president had stopped taking his calls, and refused one from the US president.

Mr Davis said he had repeatedly tried to set up a phone conversation between Mr Gbagbo and Mr Obama which would have given the Ivorian“options for a peaceful resolution, that would avoid further bloodshed and be in the best interests of his country”.”Unfortunately, the decision was made in Abidjan not to allow President Obama’s call to be put through to Mr Gbagbo, despite my repeated objections to that decision,” he wrote in his resignation letter, which was seen by CNN.