Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Obama applauds arrest of the leader of Ivory Coast

President Barack Obama applauded the arrest of the outgoing president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, who considered it a victory for the people of that African country. 'Today the people of Ivory Coast have the opportunity to reclaim their country, solidifying its democracy and rebuild a vibrant economy, "stated the U.S.

president through statement. Gbagbo was arrested by forces of the elected leader Alassane Ouattara at his residence in Abidjan, where he was holed up in his bunker for several days. Obama thanked the actions of United Nations and France to protect civilians, and called President Ouattara to work towards national reconciliation.

"All militia groups must disarm and recognize an inclusive military that protects all citizens under the authority of President Ouattara 'he said. Finally, the U.S. president called on the international community maintain its support to Côte d'Ivoire.

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