Monday, April 11, 2011

Gbagbo's arrest, dictators example: Clinton

The capture on Monday of the former strongman of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, sends a signal to all dictators that they can not ignore the voices of their peoples, said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Gbagbo's arrest "sends a strong signal to dictators" of the region in the sense that "should not disregard" the voices of their people, who are demanding free and fair elections, Clinton said, adding that there will be "consequences for those to cling to power.

" Secretary of State praised "the government and people of France and other international community members who worked diligently to ensure the safety of the Ivorian people through this crisis." Clinton called on "all Ivorians to stay calm and help build a peaceful future for their country." "The hard work starts now," said Clinton, who said the U.S.

wants to work with the Ivorian leader recognized by the international community, ALßAN "Ouattara, to implement its plan of reconciliation, economic development and recovery." Forces captured Ouattara Gbagbo in Abidjan on Monday after a five-month crisis that began when Gbagbo refused to cede the government after losing elections last November.

Ouattara's electoral victory in the second round held last November was recognized by virtually the entire international community.

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