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Vol 43 No 10

Published 17th May 2002


Côte d'Ivoire

Interregnum

Politicians are quieter, the banks are friendlier, the security men are restless

The political peace depends, shakily, on the opposition's trust that President Laurent Gbagbo will deliver on his promises. The turning point came in February, with the Yamoussoukro Agreement between four main political leaders; conciliatory noises were made but nothing definite was decided on the trickiest issues, notably the nationality of opposition leader Alassane Dramane Ouattara. Since then Gbagbo, sometimes regarded as too devious for his own good, has been showing a surer political touch.

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