Most Cote d'Ivoire nationals hope for restoration of peace

10:20, April 21, 2011      

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Cote d'Ivoire is going through a new era after the April 11 arrest of the country's immediate former president Laurent Gbagbo by pro-Ouattara forces who were supported by the UN peace keepers and the French Licorne forces.

After officially taking over, the country's president-elect who was recognized by the international community Alassane Ouattara outlined his government's priories and the challenges to be overcome.

Ouattara pointed out that immediate priorities include, among others, reconstruction of the country, promotion of national reconciliation and socio-economic development.

However, with the wounds, scars and the bruised social ties due to the conflict, there's no doubt that the biggest wish for Cote d'Ivoire nationals today is the restoration of peace.

The crisis which begun a day after the announcement of the results of the presidential elections, lasted for over four months and caused a lot of pain and deaths.

The post-election crisis worsened during the offensive launched on March 28 by the Cote d'Ivoire Republican Forces (FRCI, pro- Ouattara) in the western parts of the country and later in the major towns.

The offensive of these forces in Abidjan was more bloody because of the resistance put up by Gbagbo's special forces.

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