Monday, April 11, 2011

Ivory Coast president, captured by opposition forces

The outgoing president of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on Tuesday by the forces of his rival Alassane Ouattara, recognized by the international community, the AFP said the French ambassador in the DR Congo, Jean-Marc Simon. Gbagbo was brought to the headquarters of its rival Ouattara, in the Ivorian economic capital, said Simon.

"Laurent Gbagbo was arrested by the Republican forces in Ivory Coast (Frei, pro-Ouattara) and taken to the Hotel del Golf (Ouattara headquarters)," said Simon. The outgoing president was not arrested by French special forces, said a French diplomatic source. Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone arrived on Monday at 13:00 am local to the headquarters of Alassane Ouattara, his rival acknowledged by the international community in Abidjan shortly after arrest.

The arrest came after a new bombing campaign in France and the UN in the residence where he had barricaded Gbagbo, who refused to surrender, and after four months of bloody post-election crisis.

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