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12 April 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: in pictures

Laurent Gbagbo is finally forced from power, four months after losing the election.

By Samira Shackle

Above, a fighter loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of November’s presidential election, kisses the floor of the Hotel du Golf in Abidjan moments after being informed of Laurent Ggagbo’s arrest.

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Smoke billows from Gbago’s besieged residential compound moments before his arrest. Backed by French tanks, forces loyal to Ouattara stormed Gbagbo’s underground bunker.

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Gbagbo and his wife Simone sit on a bed at the Hotel du Golf after their arrest yesterday. Ouattara’s government-in-waiting has been encamped at the hotel under UN protection.

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Residents celebrate on a road in Ange following news that Gbagbo had been arrested in Abidjan.

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Families flee the Cocody quarter of Abidjan for Abobo after France pounded the Gbagbos’ residence in fresh air strikes. The bombardment came hours after joint UN/French raids to destroy heavy arms used by the embattled leader’s loyalists.

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Pro-Gbago militiamen are pictured after their capture in Abdijan.