What's next after arrest of Cote d'Ivoire's ex- president? (5)

10:17, April 13, 2011      

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The arrest of Gbagbo can be seen as the culmination of several months of a political crisis and prevarication. Gbagbo was captured alive just as Ouattara had advised his troops.

Ouattara then promised to protect the life of the outgoing president as well as that of his wife, and this is why a strong security detail was placed around the outgoing president immediately after his arrest.

On Monday evening, the UN indicated that it had dispatched its security officers to provide the Gbagbo couple with adequate security.

The Cote d'Ivoire ambassador to the UN, Yousoufou Bamba, affirmed that Gbagbo was captured alive and "would soon be taken to court to face charges for the crimes he committed."

"A new chapter has been opened in our country. This new chapter symbolizes hope and peace," the president-elect said on his part in a televised address to the nation on Monday evening.

However, most observers are of the opinion that the reconstruction of this country, whose citizens have suffered for too long, will only happen if it can be united.

The arrest of Gbagbo, 66, brings to an end 11 days of resistance in Abidjan by his special forces which tried to prevent the Republican Forces against dislodging him from power.

Source: Xinhua
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