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Deadlock over Ivorian Transition

The main rebel movement in Ivory Coast has said President Laurent Gbagbo has rejected proposals by the new Prime Minister, Seydou Diarra, that would have given the rebels two senior ministries in a consensus government. The Patriotic Movement of Ivory Coast (MPCI) said in a statement that Mr Gbagbo had rejected a list of names for members of a future government presented to him by Mr Diarra on Sunday, and said this was a flagrant violation of the Paris-brokered peace agreement. Mr Gbagbo has been discussing the make-up of a coalition government with the political parties and the prime minister since Sunday and has so far not made any statement. A spokesman for the rebels, Sidiki Konate, said the president had proposed giving key government posts to non-political professionals, and that the move would create extreme tension. In a curt statement from their stronghold of Bouake, the rebels warned Mr Gbagbo was playing with fire. Rebel military chiefs who last week threatened to march on Abidjan say their men are now ready to go. Full Story

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