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Vol 44 No 7

Published 4th April 2003

Côte d'Ivoire

Hard-core Gbagbo

Around President Laurent Gbagbo is a hard core which is fiercely opposed to the Marcoussis peace accord and firmly convinced of the truth of Pastor Moïse Koré's assertion that opposition leader Alassane Ouattara is the devil incarnate. Koré, an Evangelical, is Gbagbo's spiritual advisor. Gbagbo is Catholic but his wife Simone, who heads the Front Populaire Ivoirien parliamentary group, is a Protestant Evangelical more open to the Pastor's message. Operating from offices in the National Assembly, FPI Secretary General Sylvain Miaka Ouretto is another hardliner, along with the parliament President, Mamadou Koulibaly.

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