After a presidential election that was supposed to be a step towards unity for the people of Ivory Coast, the two candidates have claimed the presidency, swearing themselves into office Saturday.
Laurent Gbagbo, president for the last 10 years, currently has the support of the army and legal authorities within the country. The nation's constitutional council threw out hundreds of thousands of ballots for opposition candidate Alassane Ouattarra, citing allegations of intimidation, according to Reuters.
Taking his oath of office Saturday, Gbagbo wished for an end to foreign interference in the country's election. "I wish that some of these parties would hold themselves back," he said. "Here in our country we dont ask anyone to come into your country"
However, the African Union, U.N., United States and European Union have all declared Ouattarra, former Ivorian prime minister, the rightful winner of the contest, according to CNN.
Ouattarra submitted his own oath Saturday, and took steps towards forming his own government.
The power struggle has now spread to the streets of the capital city Abidjan, alight with tire fires as rival supporters clash with each other and security forces.
Many Ivorians fear another civil war is brewing, like those the country endured in 2002 and 2003.