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Cote d'Ivoire: Gbagbo Arrested

(Associated Press: 0906 PST, April 11, 2011) After a week of heavy fighting, forces backing Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized leader of Cote d'Ivoire, arrested strongman Laurent Gbagbo after he refused to leave the presidency, French diplomats said.

 

 

Gbagbo's Checkered Political Career

(Al Jazeera English: 0846 PST, April 11, 2011) Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of Cote d'Ivoire, has been captured by forces loyal to his rival Alassane Ouattara, the man the international community says won a November presidential election.

 

Al Jazeera's Caroline Malone takes a look at back the political career of a man whose presidency began in much the same chaotic vein as it ended.

 

 

 
 

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Colonial Aftershock of French Strikes in Cote d'Ivoire

(Euronews: 2327 PST, April 5, 2011) "A colonial power even several decades afterwards is always unjustified in pronouncing a judgment on the internal affairs of its former colony - and you know it, and everybody knows it." That statement in January was how French President Nicolas Sarkozy justified France's non-intervention in Tunisia.

 

So what is to be made today of its action in Ivory Coast? What to make of the French helicopters that bombarded the Ivorian presidential palace? Of course, the French intervention is in tune with international law and backed by a UN mandate.

 

 

 
 

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Pro-Ouattara Forces Attack Gbagbo's Palace Bunker

(Euronews: 0751 PST, April 6, 2011) Fighting has reached the bunker of the presidential palace in Ivory Coast, as forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, attempt to force out Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo is believed to be in the bunker underneath the palace with his family.

 

 

France Leads Cote d'Ivoire Talks

(Al Jazeera English: 0808 PST, April 6, 2011) France has played a central role in trying to force Laurent Gbagbo from power. Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says that Gbagbo must sign a document ceding power to his rival Alassane Ouattara. Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland has more.

 

 

Gbagbo Denies Reports of 'Imminent' Surrender

(France 24: 0730 PST, April 6, 2011) Cote d'Ivoire's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo reiterated on Wednesday that he considers himself the winner of a November vote, denying UN reports of his "imminent" surrender as he sheltered in a bunker surrounded by rival troops.

 

 

 
 

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Gbagbo Defiant Although on the Brink

(Euronews: 1556 PST, April 5, 2011) In Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo appears to be on the brink of finally agreeing to step down. The situation is confused however. Following earlier reports that he had already stepped down and asked for UN protection, Gbagbo has now told French television that he is not ready to give up at all: "I'm not a kamikaze. I love life. My voice is not the voice of a martyr. No no, I do not seek death! To die is not my goal here!"

 

 

 
 

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Cote d'Ivoire: Reports of Gbagbo's Surrender

(Channel 4 News: 1208 PST, April 5, 2011) After several months of appalling violence, there are reports that encumbent president Laurent Gbagbo has surrendered.

 

 

 
 

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