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Engulfed by dissent, Ivory Coast girds for explosive week of rallies

Ivory Coast prepared for a week of rallies that could send the one-time west African powerhouse tumbling back into conflict and destroy all hope that a new UN mission will help restore peace. Nineteen months of political and military crisis have wreaked havoc on Ivory Coast, splitting the world’s top cocoa producer between the government-run south and leaving the north in the hands of rebels who failed in their bid to oust President Laurent Gbagbo from office in 2002. Gbagbo’s hardline supporters say they are girding for a war to take their country back — back from the rebels who refuse to disarm, back from former colonial power France and back from the UN operation they say is here only to serve those two nefarious anti-Ivorian interests. Full Story

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