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Ivory Coast Rebel Split Threatens Shaky Peace

The political leader of Ivory Coast’s rebels said on Tuesday he would not stand in polls next year seen as key to stability, as a rebel leadership rift threatened to harm efforts to disarm and reunite the country. Guillaume Soro said he would not run in a presidential election, an announcement that came as his leadership of the rebel New Forces appeared increasingly challenged by Ibrahim Coulibaly, a Paris-based military chief. “My objective is not to develop personal ambitions… I declare solemnly that I will not be a candidate in the 2005 elections,” Soro told reporters in Senegal’s capital, Dakar. There have been growing signs of a split in rebel ranks since a group of fighters proclaimed Coulibaly — better known as “IB” — as the movement’s leader. Full Story

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