The Obama administration is denouncing Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo (BAHG'-boh) for a recent attack by his security forces that killed seven unarmed women.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Gbagbo and his forces have shown a "callous disregard for human life and the rule of law."
In a statement Friday, she repeated the administration's call for Gbagbo to step aside so the internationally recognized winner of last year's presidential election can assume power.
Clinton called Gbagbo "selfish." She criticized him for attacking "the very people he claims to represent" and depriving Ivorians of water and electricity. She said women and children are suffering the most in the crackdown.
Clinton said military leaders and members of Gbagbo's regime will also be held responsible for violence against civilians.