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Vol 48 No 6

Published 16th March 2007


Côte d'Ivoire

All their own work

Government and rebels proposed their own deal, so goodbye to the international peacekeepers

President Laurent Gbagbo likes the 4 March peace accord signed with rebel leader Guillaume Soro, under the auspices of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré. Under the deal, Gbagbo will be rid of his foe, Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny, and the even more detested international peacekeepers. Soro is to replace Banny as Prime Minister in a power-sharing government to be set up in mid-April. Two weeks later, government troops and those of the rebel Forces Nouvelles are to come under joint command.

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