Ivory Coast

Gbagbo defends last stronghold


Laurent Gbagbo the president who was defeated in an election last year is now holed up in a bunker near the presidential palace and refuses to give up the presidency.

Troops loyal to the internationally recognised winner of the 28th November 2010 presidential election, Alassane Ouattara have surrounded the bunker which is said to be occupied by himself, his family and government along with a few remaining loyal troops.

At one point yesterday it did look as though he would agree to a deal brokered by the UN and French, but that broke down after four hours.

Ouattara has ordered that Gbagbo should not be killed but should be arrested to be put on trial for humanitarian crimes. Over the past week, however, there would appear to have been humanitarian crimes committed on both sides which has prompted the International Criminal Court to start investigations into Core d’Ivoire.

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