Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara announced on Saturday that he will pardon his predecessor and longtime rival, ex-president Laurent Gbagbo. The decision was made after Ouattara, Gbagbo and Henri Konan Bédié, who served as president of Côte d’Ivoire from 1993 to 1999, had a rare meeting last month. Ouattara would like to reconcile with his predecessors ahead of the 2025 elections.

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