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Ivory Coast president says Laurent Gbagbo can return

The president of Ivory Coast has said that the former leader Laurent Gbagbo and his right-hand man Charles Ble Goude are free to return to the country after they were definitively acquitted of crimes against humanity.

Alassane Ouattara was speaking a week after the International Criminal Court upheld Mr Gbagbo’s acquittal in a case that focused on post-election violence a decade ago.

More than 3,000 people were killed in the brief civil war that followed the disputed 2010 vote.

Mr Gbagbo refused to step down despite losing.

He is to be allowed the advantages and allowances available to all former leaders in the Ivory Coast.



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