Ivory Coast's ousted president fled the country in a plane provided by France Sunday, two days after a former army chief took control in a largely bloodless coup.
President Henri Konan Bedie departed from a French military base near Abidjan's international airport where he had sought refuge, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement. He arrived later in the afternoon in the nearby city of Lome, Togo, accompanied by about 10 family members.
Dressed in a pale blue suit and looking tired, Bedie embraced Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema, who has had friendly relations with his government.
A Togolese government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Bedie was accepted in the country on "humanitarian grounds" but would likely leave in a few days for an as-yet-unannounced destination. A French Foreign Ministry official who declined to be named said the government would not stop Bedie from going to France.
The junta leader, Gen. Robert Guei, did not comment on Bedie's departure at a brief news conference Sunday afternoon.