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Ivory Coast peace deal clinched

Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has accepted a peace deal to end the four-month civil war in the country. Mr Gbagbo on Saturday named former Prime Minister Seydou Diarra to head a national unity government. The plan envisages that Mr Gbagbo will cede some of his powers to the new administration. Mr Diarra was also prime minister under military ruler Robert Guei from 1999 to 2000. The announcement came at a summit of 11 African leaders in Paris called to give international legitimacy to the peace deal. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan also attended. The main rebel group, the Popular Movement of Ivory Coast (MPCI), said it would hold the defence and interior ministry portfolios in the new administration. Mr Gbagbo said the new coalition government would be formed in the coming days and would have “two essential objectives: to lift Ivory Coast out of war and to bring back prosperity”. Full Story

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