Former president Laurent Gbagbo and youth leader Charles Blé Goudé accused of orchestrating 2010-11 post-election violence.
Violence erupted in and around Abidjan in the five months following Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 disputed presidential election. Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo challenged the outcome in favor of his rival Allasane Ouattara and refused to cede power. A Constitutional Council decision declaring Ouattara the victor sparked political and ethnic violence in and around the capital Abidjan. Ensuing violence resulting in at least 3,000 dead, several thousand injured, missing and raped, and over 100,000 displaced. The violence marked a resumption of the country's 2002-07 civil war, widely characterized by ethnic tensions between rebels in the north of the country and the government-held south, including the capital Abidjan. The conflict was ended through the intervention of international military forces, led by France, with Ouattara assuming the presidency.