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Calls for peace in Ivory Coast now Gbagbo is out

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Calls for peace in Ivory Coast now Gbagbo is out


The end of Gbagbo’s ten years in power does not necessarily mean an immediate end to the violence in Ivory Coast.

Some analysts point out that there are factions of the anti-Gbagbo forces who do not necessarily support Ouattara.

In the moments immediately after the arrest, Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone appeared cowed and dishevelled. He called for an end to the conflict that has claimed more than 1,000 lives and uprooted a million people.

“I wish that this civil crisis stops now,” he said, “and that we can conclude things quickly so the country can recover.”

There was no hiding the jubilation among the Ouattara camp at the Golf Hotel, where his government-in-waiting have been holed up since November. Gbagbo has been promised physical protection, but his son was taken to the hotel bearing bloody injuries. Inside the UN peacekeepers appeared powerless to stop others from Gbagbo’s entourage receiving an outpouring of violent hatred.

Some observers say Ouattara now has to manage not only the end of an electoral dispute, but also in effect the end of a 10-year civil war.

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