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Ivory Coast Leader Said to Want Peace Deal Changes

Ivory Coast’s President Laurent Gbagbo will tell his people Friday that he cannot accept parts of a French-brokered peace deal struck last month to end a civil war, a senior ruling party official said. “I can tell you he cannot take all that’s in the text, there is not a single Ivorian who could do that,” Gbagbo’s wife Simone, who heads the parliamentary group of her husband’s ruling party, told Europe 1 radio. In a long-awaited speech Friday evening, Gbagbo will address a nation that has been on edge since anti-French riots erupted in the West African country’s main city of Abidjan when the peace accord was agreed two weeks ago. Rebels said Friday they were waiting to hear what the president said before deciding whether to take up arms and plunge the world’s largest cocoa producer back into chaos, or to give Gbagbo a deadline to implement the deal. The deal calls for a coalition government to be formed, with a new prime minister and the rebels taking key posts in the defense and interior ministries. Full Story

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