Ouattara finally sworn in
Five months after he was elected in a presidential election Alassane Ouattara was sworn in as the new president of Cote d’Ivoire yesterday (Friday 6th May 2011).
Following the election the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept the result although the international community had recognised the election of Ouattara. There then followed a five month standoff which only came to a conclusion last month as militia supporting Ouattara swept down from the north of the country and finally arrested Gbagbo.
In the interim more than 1,000 people lost their lives and many more have been displaced or fled the country. The economy has also been severely damaged and it will be a tough task for the new president to restore stability.