April 12, 2011
The contested Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on Monday after French armored vehicles closed in on the compound where the self-proclaimed president had been holed up in a bunker in Abidjan.
“The capture of the Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo sends a signal to dictators everywhere that they cannot ignore the results of free and fair elections and there will be consequences if they cling to power,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.
Gbagbo refused to step down when Alassane Ouattara won last November’s presidential election, according to results certified by the United Nations, reigniting a civil war that has claimed more than a thousand lives and uprooted a million people.
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