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Vol 42 No 18

Published 14th September 2001

Côte d'Ivoire

In denial

The politics and economics aren't as bad as they look, says President Gbagbo

'There is no political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire,' President Laurent Gbagbo assured diplomats and politicians on 7 September. He was inaugurating the National Reconciliation Forum, which is meant to patch up the ethnic rivalries that exploded into street battles a year ago (AC Vol 42 Nos 13 & 14). After his election last November, Gbagbo was expected to survive for days rather than months; his denial is understandable. Although he has established his personal authority, politics are still on a knife edge.

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