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Vol 46 No 20

Published 7th October 2005

Côte d'Ivoire

No polls, no peace

Mediators come and go but President Gbagbo wants to go on and on

President Laurent Gbagbo and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan agree on one thing: elections cannot be held on 30 October. This is at once obvious and crushing. The one hope that has sustained the Ivorian opposition so far is that it might get rid of Gbagbo by winning free and fair elections. The country remains divided, mediation has ground to a halt and there is no sign of disarmament but political parties are keeping up their campaigning, reluctant to stop once they've started, and reluctant to be caught out if Gbagbo changes his mind.

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