Ivory Coast Rebels Attack Gbagbo's Palace

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The presidential standoff in West Africa's Ivory Coast, also known as Cote d'Ivorie, appears to be entering its final violent stage.

The United States, France, and United Nations have pressured sitting President Laurent Gbagbo to step down from power. They say his opponent, Allasane Outarra, is the country's true president.

Gbagbo lost last November's presidential election according to his country's election commission and international observers, but has stubbornly refused to step down.

Gbagbo maintains Ouattarra stole the recent election and he refuses to leave. Ouattara's military forces have conquered nearly 80 percent of the country.

On Thursday, his troops entered the capital city of Abidjan. There have been reports of gunfire near the presidential palace where Gbagbo and his wife live.

Patrick Achi, a spokesman for Ouattara, said the fighters had breached the city limit overnight and were waging battles at the palace and the residence. Achi said the forces, former rebels who fought in a civil war a decade ago that left Ivory Coast divided, had seized government-owned broadcaster Radio Television Ivoirienne late Thursday.

Analysts say they expect Gbagbo's regime to fall within days.

"It's over - except for the shooting," the diplomat said.

The chairperson of the commission of the African Union, Jean Ping, urged Gbagbo to immediately hand over power to Ouattara "in order to shorten the suffering of the Ivorians," the AU said in a statement from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

CBN News Senior Reporter George Thomas spoke with Gbagbo's daughter, Marie Singleton, who lives in Maryland. She told CBN News she and her family are trusting in God.

"They will not leave because this is their job, to defend their country and fight for their country. The people doing the violence -- it's not them. It's the U.N., and the Force Licorne fighting with the rebels in Cote d'Ivoire," she said.

CBN News asked Singleton how her faith was carrying her through this tough time.

"Faith is a pillar," she replied. "It's about God's glory in Cote d'Ivorie."

U.S. officials say Gbagbo could prevent more bloodshed by stepping down as president.

Click the video below to see the complete CBN News interview with Marie Singleton, daughter of President Laurent Gbagbo, on the crisis that's unfolding in her country. 

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