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Date:24 May 2011
Ivory Coast : Post-election crisis over

Côte d'Ivoire has been plunged into turmoil following incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to concede defeat in the 28 November 2010 second round of elections to his opponent, former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara.

The international community has strongly backed the legitimacy of Mr. Ouattara's victory, with the United Nations, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU) and others recognizing him as the duly elected leader of Côte d'Ivoire.

On 30 March 2011, the Security Council passed resolution 1975 (2011), repeating its calls for Mr. Gbagbo to step down and urging an immediate end to the violence against civilians. The Council reaffirmed the mandate of UNOCI to protect civilians, including to prevent the use of heavy weaponry against them.

On 11 April, following military operations conducted by forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara, UNOCI and French Licorne troops, Mr. Gbagbo was arrested and placed in the custody of President Ouattara’s Government.

On 6 May, Mr. Alassane Ouattara was sworn in as President of Cóte d’Ivoire. He took the oath of office at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Abidjan a day after the Cóte d'Ivoire's Constitutional Council ratified the results of a presidential election showing that Mr. Ouattara won, reversing its December 2010 decision to reject them.

On 21 May, Mr. Ouattara was officially installed as President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. 20 Heads of State and other high-level dignitaries, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, attended the inauguration ceremony in Yamoussoukro, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire.

To read more go to http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/unoci/elections.shtml

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