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Vol 51 No 1

Published 8th January 2010

Côte d'Ivoire

The much-postponed polls

The lacklustre opposition looks incapable of organising a serious protest if President Gbagbo decides to postpone elections yet again this year

This was meant to be the year that Côte d’Ivoire returned to constitutional order after the years of chaos since the civil war broke out in 2002. Elections due in 2005 were postponed, then rescheduled for November 2009. The latest date is for February or March but that looks unlikely. Some suspect that the complex preparations and legal battles over elector eligibility could drag on beyond this year.

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