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Ivory Coast peace deal signed

An agreement has been signed in Paris that could mean an end to the bitter civil war that has gripped Ivory Coast. Sources close to the negotiations say the rival factions have agreed to end their four-month-old war, although no details of the plan have been released. There were three rebel groups lined up against the government forces: the northern-based Patriotic Movement of Ivory Coast, as well as two allied factions in the west. The civil war has split the nation of 16 million along ethnic lines and earlier this month the World Food Program said the fighting had driven more than 600,000 people from their homes. At issue has been a dispute over President Laurent Gbagbo’s 2000 election. It is believed the deal reached in Paris will allow Gbagbo to remain in office, but he will need to appoint a prime minister chosen by wide consensus and agree to a date for credible elections. Full Story

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