President Ouattara of Ivory Coast to meet with his predecessor Gbagbo after a decade in exile

According to a presidential spokesman, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara will meet with his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo on July 27th.

Many in the West African country are looking forward to this encounter, which will be the first since Gbagbo’s return to Abidjan in mid-June after a decade in exile and years of legal proceedings at the International Criminal Court.

In the 2010 presidential election, Ouattara and Gbagbo, two of the most prominent personalities in Ivorian politics in the past thirty years, squared off.

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Gbagbo left and Ouattara right.

The nation was thrown into a severe violent political crisis as both Ouattara and Gbagbo claimed victory in the poll. The United Nations estimates that over 3000 people died in the conflict between Ivorian security forces and pro-Ouattara insurgents.

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After just a month in the nation, Gbagbo has already met with major opposition figures, including former President and political opponent Henri Konan Bédié.

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