France's Sarkozy to visit I. Coast Saturday
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will attend the investiture of Ivory Coast's new President Alassane Ouattara on Saturday, after months of political violence there subsided last month.
Sarkozy, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and the minister for overseas cooperation Henri de Raincourt will attend the ceremony in the capital Yamoussoukro and visit a French military base in the main city, Abidjan, a short presidential statement said.
Ouattara, backed by much of the international community, took power when forces loyal to him, with support from the UN and French troops, captured his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo after a fierce battle in Abidjan last month.
Gbagbo had refused to quit power after UN-certified results showed he had lost a presidential election in November.
Ouattara was sworn in on May 6 and undergoes his formal investiture ceremony on Saturday in front of foreign dignitaries.
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