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Uncertainty over Ivory Coast deal

Ivorian President Laurent Gbago has still not publicly reacted to a peace plan to resolve the four-month civil war in Ivory Coast. The draft agreement hammered out by the main political parties and the rebels would involve Mr Gbagbo handing over some of his power and agreeing to constitutional changes. He left key hour-long talks with French President Jaques Chirac smiling and blowing kisses, but would not reveal what was discussed. Mr Gbagbo is in Paris for a weekend summit of African leaders called to ratify the agreement. The peace plan was reached after nine days of talks behind closed doors near the French capital, attended by government officials and leaders of the three main rebel groups. The rebels say they will be included in a new national reconciliation government, and a new prime minister will take on most of the government’s powers. Full Story

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