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I.Coast president frees prisoners held over post-vote violence

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara talks during the swearing-in ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan on November 3, 2015Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara announced Thursday in his New Year’s address that he had reduced the sentences of 3,100 prisoners held over bloody post-election unrest. Around 3,000 people died in five months of violence in 2010-2011 in the west African nation following elections that saw Ouattara unseat then president Laurent Gbagbo. “I have decided to use my right of clemency to grant full and partial sentence reductions,” Ouattara said.

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