Ivory Coast to disarm, demobilize 10,000 fighters

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - August 17, 2011

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.

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