The Gambia said on Saturday that it does not recognize Alassane Ouattara as president of Cote d’Ivoire after the arrest of his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, with the help of the UN and French forces.

“The Gambian government will not recognize any president, President Ouattara included, nor African government that has been imposed by forces outside the African continent, no matter the reason,” says the statement.

The Gambian government said that “according to the Ivorian constitution, Laurent Gbagbo is the legitimate president of Cote d’Ivoire.”

“He cannot be trialed while Alassane Ouattara, the Ivorian President chosen by the international community, is still unpunished after massacring thousands of civilians, only to be president,” the government said.

According to the statement, “the only solution to avoid a protracted civil war in Cote d’Ivoire… is to reorganize an election as soon as possible.”

“It’s very clear today to all Africans that the conspiracy to re-colonize Africa is real and that we must oppose it” it added.