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Chelsea star Drogba appeals for an end to political violence


Ivory Coast soccer star Didier Drogba demanded an end to the political violence in the strife-torn African state on Thursday and for the international community to be sympathetic to the country’s latest troubles.

Drogba, who is the Ivory Coast’s national captain, expressed his fears over the deadly stand-off between Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alassane Outtara, following last month’s presidential election.

In a statement, where he speaks for the national team, French-born Chelsea star Drogba appealed for democracy to triumph.

“We are particularly affected by the events in Ivory Coast and call for reason to end all the violence,” he said in a statement.

“We are making this appeal to avoid new sacrifices. The people of the Ivory Coast deserve to see democracy triumphing. This serious political crisis has to end,” Drogba said.

“We ask each of you, every official, every soldier, every person to turn their backs on all violence and pave the way for a restoration of the democracy that our country is waiting for, he said.”

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