Ivorian strongman, Laurent Gbagbo has been arrested and is in the custody of the administration run by his rival, Alassane Ouattara.
Forces loyal to Quattara captured the Ivorian incumbent president following an assault on his residence in Abidjan by French and UN troops.
The arrest was made after Gbagbo’s forces, using an opportunity created by talks last week, regrouped and allegedly launched attacks on United Nations peacekeepers and the hotel on Saturday.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded by ordering the peacekeepers to â€˜use all necessary means to prevent Gbagbo forces from using heavy weapons in Abidjan.â€™
Reports say after this wave of attacks by UN, French and Quattaraâ€™s troops, Gbagbo has finally surrendered to the forces of presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara and is being held by them at the Golf Hotel, which has been Ouattara’s headquarters since a disputed presidential poll in late November.
“The United Nations mission in Cote d’Ivoire has confirmed that former President Laurent Gbagbo has surrendered to the forces of Alassane Ouattara and is currently in their custody,” UN Spokesman Farhan Haq said on Monday.
A pro-Ouattara television station showed footage of Gbagbo being brought into the Golf Hotel shortly after news of his capture and footage of him receiving medical treatment was also shown.
The capture comes after 10 days of heavy fighting in Abidjan and months of a bitter political crisis in which both sides have been accused of human rights abuses by international rights organisations.
Analysts have however warned that the crisis in Ivory Coast was not over despite the Gbagbo capture.