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Laurent Gbagbo's interior minister dies in hospital

ABIDJAN, April 13 — The ex-interior minister in Gbagbo's government Desire Tagro died on Tuesday in an Abidjan hospital, a source close to the deposed leader's camp has revealed.

Tagro is said to have succumbed to the injuries he sustained because of bombardments carried out on the presidential residence where he was holed up with other confidants of Laurent Gbagbo.

The source indicated further that Tagro could have died from the severe beating he received at the time of his arrest. But this information was not verified.

Tagro was a close confidant of Gbagbo and one of the most influential people in his government.

He was instrumental in the drafting of the Ouagadougou Peace Accord (OPA) which was signed in 2007 between Guillaume Soro, the ex-rebel leader and Laurent Gbagbo. This accord enabled the two leaders to bring the two protagonist camps together.

In the last reshuffle of Gbagbo's government, Tagro left his docket of Interior minister to Emile Guirieoulou and took up the position of secretary general at the office of the president.

Gbagbo was arrested on Monday in Abidjan by forces allied to the president-elect Alassane Ouattara, after his residence came under heavy attack from UN and French Licorne forces' war-planes. (PNA/Xinhua) DCT/utb

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