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Ivory Coast's rebel leader plots his next move

Guillaume Soro says he will hold his fire until after this week’s African summit in Paris. Nearly a month into a French-brokered power-sharing peace deal between Soro’s Patriotic Movement of Ivory Coast (MPCI) rebels and the government of President Laurent Gbagbo, the rebels are as far away from power as ever. Mr. Gbagbo has indicated that it would be impossible to hand over the all-important ministries of defense and interior to the rebels as previously agreed. This deal was supposed to bring an end to a civil war that has split the country since a failed coup last September. The MPCI charges that Gbagbo secretly drummed up anti-accord sentiment in an effort to give himself an excuse to renege on promises. “We are still willing to work with Gbagbo’s government,” says MPCI spokesman Konate Sidiki, “but we are getting very frustrated.” Full Story

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