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Liberian rivals to sign peace deal one week after Taylor's exit

Liberia’s warring factions were poised to sign a deal to form an interim government and end 14 years of almost non-stop war, a week after warlord-turned-president Charles Taylor was forced to resign and go into exile. There are absolutely no hitches, there were no outstanding issues this morning,” an exultant Mohamed ibn Chambas, the executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), told AFP. Chambas said the agreement would be signed at 6:00 pm (1800 GMT) at the Accra Conference Centre. Two rebel groups and the west African country’s caretaker government will next begin choosing the top leadership of the government, and “are expected to come to a decision by tomorrow,” Chambas said. Full Story

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