Gbagbo aide accuses France of Ivory Coast 'coup'

12th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A spokesman for ousted Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday accused French special forces of carrying out a coup d'etat in its former colony on behalf of his rival Alassane Ouattara.

"It was a coup d'etat which had no other aim but to gain control of the resources of Ivory Coast," Alain Toussaint told reporters in Paris.

"Gbagbo was captured by French special forces, who took him to the Golf Hotel," where Ouattara has his headquarters, he said.

France has repeatedly denied claims that French troops had arrested Gbagbo when was captured Monday in a bunker in Abidjan, insisting they never set foot in his compound despite having bombarded it from the air.

Gbagbo had held power since 2000 but stubbornly refused to admit defeat in a presidential election last November.

© 2011 AFP

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