Obama congratulates Ivory Coast's elected leader

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Posted: Apr 12, 2011 5:31 PM
Obama congratulates Ivory Coast's elected leader

President Obama is congratulating Alassane Ouattara on assuming his duties as the democratically elected president of Ivory Coast.

The White House says Obama called Ouattara Tuesday, a day after forces arrested the country's strongman leader Laurent Gbagbo (BAHG'-boh), who refused to step down from power after elections four months ago.

The White House says the two leaders discussed the importance of re-establishing trade and assistance in order to jump-start Ivory Coast's private sector. They also spoke about the importance of ensuring that attacks and killings commitment during the postelection standoff are investigated, regardless of who the perpetrators supported.

Obama said the U.S. would be a strong partner as Ouattara forms an inclusive government and promotes reconciliation.