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Ouattara hails 'era of hope' after Gbagbo arrest

In his first speech since Laurent Gbagbo's capture on Monday, Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara vowed to bring the fallen leader to justice and to launch an inquiry into crimes committed during the conflict.

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AFP - Ivory Coast's internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara on Monday urged Ivorians to refrain from reprisals and violence following the arrest of his rival, strongman Laurent Gbagbo.

"I ask you to remain calm and show restraint," he said in a televised address Monday night.

After saying his country was "at the dawn of a new era of hope," Ouattara said he wanted to create a truth and reconciliation commission to shed light on charges of violations of human rights.

He also announced the launch of "legal proceedings against Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and his allies," while adding that "all measures are being taken" to protect them.

 

 

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