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Elections split Ivorians all over again

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Elections split Ivorians all over again

Split in half by a 2002-to-2003 civil war, a long-delayed election to pull the Ivory Coast back together is splitting the country all over again. Opposition leader Henri Konan Bedie says a new election date should be set by broad political agreement and not the whim of incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. But virtually all sides in the former French colony recognise the inevitability of another delay. The election commission says it has narrowed by half the number of people who had registered to vote, but whose eligibility was in doubt. Not long ago the country had a law banning anyone of a non-Ivorian parent from voting. Expect even more delays. Read more: Reuters, IRIN News


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