DAKAR, Senegal – Ivory Coast's president has arrived in Senegal's capital for his first state visit since being sworn in last week.
President Alassane Ouattara arrived Thursday night in Dakar. Senegal's government says Ouattara chose Senegal for his first foreign trip because of the long-standing relationship between the Ivorian and Senegalese people. Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade angered Ivory Coast's strongman Laurent Gbagbo last year when he received Ouattara ahead of the Nov. 28 election, leading to a diplomatic row.
Gbagbo refused to cede power after losing the November ballot. Ouattara was finally sworn in last week more than five months after being declared the winner of the vote, and only after Gbagbo was ousted by a military takeover.