Ivory Coast arch foes reconcilile with a hug
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara and long-time rival Laurent Gbagbo hugged on Tuesday at their first meeting in over a decade, part of efforts to ease political tensions in the West African country. "I'm happy to see you," Ouattara said as he welcomed the former president at the presidential palace in Abidjan. Ivory Coast has for more than a decade faced political tension, mistrust and violence. A 2010-11 civil war killed over 3,000 people as the two men vied for power. The civil war began after Gbagbo, now 76, refused to concede electoral defeat to Ouattara in Dec. 2010, and he was arrested following the war, which made global headlines. He returned from exile in June after being acquitted by the International Criminal Court of war crimes. Ouattara said he and Gbagbo would continue to meet. "It is important for everyone to know that we have decided to restore trust and ensure that Ivorians reconcile and trust each other as well. The past events have been painful. Too many died and we must try to put that behind us," Ouattara said.