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New hopes for peace in Ivory Coast

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New hopes for peace in Ivory Coast

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A peace deal has been signed between the president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, and the country’s main rebel group. Details of the agreement, signed by rebel chief Guillaume Soro, are yet to be released. The deal comes after a month of talks in Burkina Faso aimed at reuniting the world’s top cocoa producer after a one-year civil war.

There had been speculation in the local press that Soro would be named prime minister under the deal. The international community welcomed the fresh talks, hailed as a local effort to restore peace. A series of UN-backed plans had failed to result in long-delayed elections.