Ivorian leader orders coup leader to lay down arms
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- President Alassane Ouattara has ordered a renegade warlord who led two coups in the Ivory Coast to lay down his arms, or to expect to be forcibly disarmed.
Ouattara gave the order Friday in a bid to resolve the biggest challenge yet to confront his fledgling government since the April 11 arrest of the West African nation's disgraced former strongman.
He also said that all combat units from the former rebel forces that had installed him in power, along with the troops who fought for former President Laurent Gbagbo, "must get back to their barracks."
Gbagbo added that regular and paramilitary police will be redeployed to take over security.
All groups in a bloody 4-month electoral conflict are accused of killing civilians, looting, burning homes and extorting money.
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