Legal proceedings against Gbagbo in Cote d’Ivoire

April 12th, 2011 - 7:51 am ICT by IANS  

Abidjan, April 12 (IANS) Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised president of Cote d’Ivoire, has said legal proceedings against the arrested ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and allies will be carried out, Xinhua said.

Ouattara, in a TV address, said a commission of truth and reconciliation will be created to look into the alleged killings of civilians by both sides during the power struggle.

He added that all measures are in place to protect Gbagbo.

Gbagbo was captured around mid-day Monday at his residence in a military assault by pro-Ouattara forces as well as UN and French troops in the country, after being holed up in a bunker for a week.

The development was seen as ending the months-long political deadlock in the west African country.

After the presidential run-off held Nov. 28 last year, Ouattara was declared winner by the electoral commission, but the result was annulled by the Constitutional Council, which instead declared Gbagbo as winner.

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