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Ivory Coast enters political nightmare

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Ivory Coast enters political nightmare


Ivory Coast seems to have two governments today after President Laurent Gbagbo had himself sworn in for a new term, while his rival Alassane Ouattara, named the victor in an election by the electoral commission before that was overturned, was reappointing as Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.

With Gbagbo supported by the army and Ouattara by northern rebels, the scene appears set for confrontation.

10,000 UN peacekeepers are nervously waiting to see what happens.

Disturbances have been reported in several towns and districts of the capital, Abidjan, mostly by Ouattara supporters angry that their man has been “robbed of victory”.

Gbagbo has little international support, and the UN needs to sign off any electoral result under the terms of a 2007 peace deal designed to settle affairs between the north and south. Failure to do this will delay any payment of a 2.23 billion euro IMF aid package.

The African Union says former South African President Thabo Mbeki is to go to Ivory Coast to seek a solution.

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