Several dead in Ivory Coast unrest

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Several dead in Ivory Coast unrest

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The political crisis in Ivory Coast is beginning to reach boiling point.

Hospital sources say several people were killed and an undisclosed number wounded yesterday when security forces fired live rounds on hundreds of protesters in the southwestern town of Gagnoa.

The violence comes after a spate of demonstrations in the world’s top cocoa grower since President Laurent Gbagbo dissolved the government and electoral commission last week. That came after a row over voter registration.

With further delays now expected the opposition have accused Gbagbo of deliberately stalling. He is coming under increasing international pressure to hold the presidential ballot, postponed since 2005.