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Vol 46 No 1

Published 7th January 2005

Peace, or else

If peace can be kept on track, six West African countries will be preparing for elections in 2005. Côte d'Ivoire may have to be dragged to the polls under threat of United Nations sanctions, while in Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo has a last chance to initiate some real reforms ahead of the elections in 2007. Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo pushed through the new laws required by the Marcoussis and Accra peace accords in time to ward off UN sanctions in December, but still wants a referendum on the change to Article 35 of the constitution that will enable opposition leader Alassane Ouattara to stand for president.

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