Cote d'Ivoire's Gbagbo no longer in Golf Hotel: Ouattara

09:39, April 14, 2011      

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Cote d'Ivoire's internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara said on Wednesday that the detained strongman, Laurent Gbagbo, is no longer in the Golf Hotel in the economic capital Abidjan.

Ouattara told a press conference that Gbagbo is well and has been moved elsewhere in the West African country. He pledged to treat the 65-year-old incumbent president with due respect as a former head of state.

Ouattara also said he would move to the presidential palace within days and would ask the International Criminal Court to probe into the reported civilian killings.

Gbagbo was captured on Monday after days of resistance. Forces allied with Ouattara entered Abidjan early in the month having sweeping through southern towns in swift military advances.

the armed conflict broke out in mid-December amid the political standoff in which both Ouattara and Gbagbo claimed victory of the Nov. 28 presidential run-off. Gbagbo rejected international pressure to hand over power after the United Nations and the African Union asked him to do so.

Source: Xinhua
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