Ivory Coast Strongman Captured by French Troops

World | April 11, 2011, Monday // 17:13|  views

A file photograph dated 29 October 2010 shows the-then Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo during an election rally in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Ivory Coast dictator Laurent Gbagbo was captured by opponent's forces on Monday.

He has been arrested by French troops and handed over to forces backing the newly elected, internationally accepted president Alassane Ouattara, according to the BBC.

France's special forces have put Gbagbo in Ouattara's hands, and it now appears this crisis, which began late last year, is at an end.

Gbagbo refused to step down from power despite losing the presidential election to Ouattara in November 2010. The stand-off had descended into violence as forces associated with the two leaders clashed.

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