Gbagbo's arrest 'lesson for African politicians'

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The arrest of the incumbent president of Côte d'Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, on Monday in Abidjan is a lesson for African politicians, the spokesman for the President of the Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade said.

"This arrest should serve as a lesson to African politicians so that it will aspire to peace, transparency and democracy on the continent," Serigne Mbacke Ndiayehe said on Radio Futur Média (RFM), a private station in Senegal.

"Politicians should respect the truth of the ballot boxes and results," he said, adding that since the Ivorian conflict, Senegal had adopted a "position of wisdom".

While denouncing African presidents who still tend to cling to power, Mr Ndiaye said "the sovereign people choose who they want".

"Losing an election is not a disgrace. If one is defeated, one must exit through the front door and help build his country. Gbagbo could have had the grandeur of the Senegalese Abdou Diouf and exited through the front door," he added.

While welcoming the outcome of the Ivorian situation, Mr. Ndiaye said now "we must work towards reconciliation and national unity".

Gbagbo, who had sought refuge in a bunker in the presidential palace, was captured on Monday.

He had refused to hand power to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, who the international community said won the  November 28 presidential run-off.
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11 Abril 2011 20:36:31

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