Alassane Ouattara calls for calm in TV address

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Alassane Ouattara calls for calm in TV address

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The president-elect of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara has addressed his country on TV, just hours after the dramatic arrest of his rival in Abidjan.

Laurent Gbagbo had refused to recognise that he lost last November’s election. Clinging onto power regardless, the country plunged back into a bloody civil war.

Ouattara said Gbagbo would face justice, and added that all measures would be taken to secure his physical safety. And he called for calm.

“I call on all my compatriots who might be overtaken by a feeling of vengeance not to resort to reprisals or acts of violence.”

He also announced a commission to investigate claims of atrocities from both sides. “‘Our country has turned a painful page in its history,” he said.