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Drogba to help rebuild Ivory Coast

UNITED: Footballer Didier Drogba joins a reconciliation panel to help heal his country

IVORIAN FOOTBALLER Didier Drogba has been included in a reconciliation panel to help reunify the country following the post-election violence which left over 3,000 dead.

The Chelsea striker will be representing the Ivorian diaspora in the 11-man panel, that also includes religious and regional leaders, which will be led by former Ivorian Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny.

The Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission will help the country "move as swiftly as possible towards normalisation and the reconstruction of the social fabric", a government statement said.

The political crisis began when incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down as president after official results showed a victory for his opponent Alassane Ouattara in a presidential election in November 2010.

At least 3,000 people are estimated to have been killed in violence that ended last April with the arrest of Gbagbo by forces supporting the new president, Mr. Outtara.

Gbagbo and his wife Simone are being held in detention in the north of the country and were last month charged with economic crimes.

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