What's next after arrest of Cote d'Ivoire's ex- president?

10:14, April 13, 2011      

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An armed vehicle drives through a street in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, April 12, 2011. Cote d'Ivoire's outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on Monday at the presidential residence by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the president-elect. Nevertheless, residents who had been holed up in their homes for some days are still afraid of the ongoing violence here. (Xinhua/Kong Hui)


Cote d'Ivoire's outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on Monday at the presidential residence by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the president-elect.

Beyond the various reactions of the population where those who were against Gbagbo celebrated while his supporters were in tears, analysts are asking themselves about Cote d'Ivoire's future after Gbagbo.

"We must remember that it was not easy to remove Gbagbo because he put up a resistance through the help of his special forces," said Louis Adou, a student from the pro-Gbagbo Yopougon district.

In his opinion, many factors played against Gbagbo. "First there was the defection of his generals. This worked against his morale. Then the impartial forces (UN and French Licorne forces) supported Ouattara's forces through aerial bombardments," he added.

He noted that the destruction of Gbagbo's heavy weapons weakened his army.
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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