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Ivorian nationality row worsens

Former rebels in Ivory Coast have warned that a row over a controversial nationality law could rekindle the country’s civil war. New Forces spokesman Sidiki Konate dismissed the African Union’s idea that a referendum on the issue might be a way forward for the peace process. MPs last month voted to scrap a ban on candidates of not purely Ivorian parentage standing for president. President Laurent Gbagbo then called for a referendum on the issue. South African President Thabo Mbeki met Mr Gbagbo on Tuesday in a further effort to end the civil war. Mr Mbeki’s visit to Ivory Coast follows a summit of African Union (AU) leaders in Gabon on Monday which called on the United Nations to reinforce its peacekeeping presence in Ivory Coast and beef up its mandate. Full Story

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