Sierra Leone leader to press Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Sierra Leone's president is flying to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where he and other regional leaders will insist that Laurent Gbagbo relinquish his grip on the presidency.

Foreign ministry official Sullay Daramy says Ernest Bai Koroma and other members of Sierra Leone delegation departed Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Tuesday morning.

Koroma will be joined by presidents of Cape Verde, Benin and officials of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS. The leaders are part of a high level delegation that will meet with Gbagbo later Tuesday to tell him to step down from power. The group has threatened to use "legitimate force" if he does not.

The U.N. certified Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the Nov. 28 runoff vote in Ivory Coast, but Gbagbo insists he won.