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Thousands March to Back Ivory Coast Rebels

Tens of thousands of people marched in Ivory Coast’s rebel stronghold on Saturday in a show of force that underscored bitter divisions two days after a huge anti-rebel protest in the main city of Abidjan. To loud cheers, rebel leader Guillaume Soro delivered a new call for the departure of Laurent Gbagbo that appeared far from the spirit of reconciliation urged on the West African country’s foes by a worried U.N. Security Council on Friday. Fears of a resumption of all out-war in the world’s top cocoa grower have shot up since rebels walked out of a power-sharing coalition last month. “We want the pure and simple departure of Laurent Gbagbo. he is no longer the president of the whole of Ivory Coast,” said Soro. “We will not play a part in Gbagbo’s comedy government. Anyone who wants to hold negotiations should come to Bouake.” Full Story

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