Ivory Coast to disarm, demobilize 10,000 fighters

August 17, 2011 8:41:26 AM PDT
A minister in Ivory Coast says the government plans to disarm and demobilize some 10,000 fighters in the wake of postelection violence earlier this year.

Minister of Defense Paul Koffi Koffi said Tuesday that the process should be completed by the end of the year and will increase security in the West African country.

People across Ivory Coast took up arms and battled during the six months of postelection violence sparked by strongman Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to cede power after losing a November poll. Gbagbo was arrested in April by forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara.