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Ivorian President Ouattara To Meet With Gbagbo On July 27th

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara will meet his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo on July 27th, a presidential spokesperson said on Wednesday.

This meeting, the first since Gbagbo’s return to Abidjan in mid-June after a decade in exile and years of legal procedures at the International Criminal Court, is awaited by many in the West African country, as a step further towards national reconciliation.

Ouattara and Gbagbo, two of the main figures of Ivorian politics in the last thirty years, had faced off in the 2010 presidential election.

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As both Ouattara and Gbagbo claimed victory in the vote, the country was plunged into a deep violent political crisis. The United Nations estimate over 3 000 people died as Ivorian security forces and pro-Ouattara militants fought for power.

After a month back in the country, Gbagbo already met with key players of the opposition, such as the former president and political rival Henri Konan Bédié.

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