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Simone Ehivet Gbagbo, Ivory Coast First Lady, Inspires Love And Terror In Equal Measure

Holed up in her presidential palace turned prison in the smart part of Abidjan with rebel forces closing in, Simone Ehivet Gbagbo may well be hoping for some 11th-hour divine intervention.Since her once all-powerful husband lost the election…

Holed up in her presidential palace turned prison in the smart part of Abidjan with rebel forces closing in, Simone Ehivet Gbagbo may well be hoping for some 11th-hour divine intervention.

Since her once all-powerful husband lost the elections last year she has been fond of evoking an even higher authority to combat the man she calls the devil, French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and the bandit, her nickname for president-elect Alassane Ouattara, whose forces are laying siege to her home.

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