Meanwhile, in Ivory Coast ...
Posted on Apr 11, 2011
Libya may get all the attention, but another international effort to oust an African strongman may have reached its conclusion. After three months of fighting, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was captured by forces loyal to France, the U.N., his political opposition or all of the above, depending on who tells it.
Gbagbo and his rival, Alassane Ouattara, have both been implicated in human rights atrocities in their quest for power.
Ouattara, however, has the backing of the international community, including the United Nations, which organized the Ivorian election in November and declared him the victor.
Gbagbo contested the U.N.‘s findings and refused to cede power, accusing former colonial master France of once again meddling in the country’s affairs.
Gbagbo was once himself an opposition figure. After spending 20 years on the outs, Gbagbo rode street protests to power in 2000. A decade later, he had tanks on his front lawn. —PZS
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the detention of Mr Gbagbo had brought to an end months of unnecessary conflict, and the UN would support the new government.
US President Barack Obama has welcomed Mr Gbagbo’s capture and called on armed groups in Ivory Coast to lay down their arms to boost the chances of a democratic future.
He added that victims and survivors of violence in the country deserved accountability for the crimes committed against them.
Stefan Meisel (CC-BY)