Washington - United States President Barack Obama called his Ivory Coast counterpart Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday to congratulate him on taking power and called for justice for the victims of a bloody political crisis.

“President Obama called President Alassane Ouattara today to congratulate him on assuming his duties as the democratically elected president of Cote d'Ivoire,” the White House said in a statement.

“President Obama offered support for President Ouattara's efforts to unite Cote d'Ivoire, restart the economy, restore security and reform the security forces.”

Obama's call of endorsement came as democratically elected Ouattara struggled to take full control of Ivory Coast, a day after his forces captured his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo, who had refused to cede power. - Sapa-AFP