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Top Ivorian Rebel Takes up Post

The leader of Ivory Coast’s biggest rebel group has finally arrived in the main city of Abidjan to take up his ministerial position in the new power-sharing administration. Guillaume Soro arrived after three of his colleagues from the Ivory Coast Patriotic Movement (MPCI) took up their posts earlier on Wednesday. This brings the rebels up to their full representation in the new administration, in which they hold a total of nine portfolios. The first five rebel ministers arrived on Monday to assume office, but Mr Soro had stayed away citing security concerns. The MPCI started the rebellion against the government of President Laurent Gbagbo in September, breaking up the country into a rebel-held north and west and a government-controlled south. But correspondents say the new government has got off to an uncertain start, with rebel leaders accusing Mr Gbagbo’s forces of attacking their positions in the west of the country with helicopter gunships. Full Story

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