President Barack Obama is condemning as "abhorrent" violence against unarmed citizens of Ivory Coast and is renewing his call for Laurent Gbagbo (luh-RAHN' BAHG'-boh) to complete a peaceful transition of power to his elected successor.
Obama says Gbabgo's efforts to stay in office months after he was voted out are an assault on his people's rights.
The U.N. declared Gbagbo the loser of the Nov. 28 vote. But he has refused to relinquish power to Alassane Ouattara (AL'-a-sahn wat-TAHR'-ah), the internationally recognized winner.
More than 400 people have been killed since the disputed election, including seven women killed last week when soldiers in armored personnel carriers opened fire on female demonstrators carrying tree branches.
Obama urged all armed parties in Ivory Coast to protect civilians from being harmed or killed.