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Ivory Coast president and rival in first assembly since civil battle



Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara shakes hands with former President Laurent Gbagbo

Former president Laurent Gbagbo (left) and President Alassane Ouattara (proper) have been pushing for reconciliation

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara and bitter rival Laurent Gbagbo have embraced of their first assembly because the civil battle 10 years in the past.

The battle was sparked by Mr Gbagbo’s refusal to confess defeat in an election, and three,000 individuals had been killed.

Mr Gbagbo returned to Ivory Coast final month after the Worldwide Prison Courtroom (ICC) acquitted him over fees of crimes towards humanity.

Each males have been pushing for peace and reconciliation.

Mr Ouattara welcomed Mr Gbagbo into the presidential palace within the capital Abidjan on Tuesday.

“I’m completely satisfied to see you,” the president advised Mr Gbagbo.

Photos from the assembly present the pair smiling and holding palms whereas posing for images.

Talking at a news convention after their assembly, Mr Ouattara mentioned the turmoil was behind them.

“What’s vital for Ivory Coast is peace in our nation,” he added.

Mr Gbagbo known as for the discharge of prisoners held because the civil battle.

Some see the assembly as an indication of the nation therapeutic however Mr Gbagbo’s spokesman Justin Katinan Kone advised individuals “to not make an excessive amount of” of the encounter.

Mr Gbagbo was captured on the presidential palace in April 2011 and transferred to the ICC at The Hague. After his acquittal, he lived within the Belgian capital Brussels earlier than being invited to return to Ivory Coast by Mr Ouattara.

Mr Gbagbo returned final month and was welcomed by supporters.

He nonetheless faces a 20-year jail sentence after he was convicted in absentia of looting a regional financial institution in the course of the civil battle.

Mr Gbagbo just lately introduced that he and one other former president – Henri Konan Bédié – had been strengthening a political alliance to oppose President Ouattara.

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