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Ivory Coast

Ivorian opposition demands final vote date

Ivory Coast's main opposition party demanded a fixed schedule for staging the presidential election yesterday, the latest in a string of missed target dates for a poll that is now over four years late.   President Laurent Gbagbo was due to hold an election in 2005 but has cited a variety of technical problems in going ahead with the poll, most recently plagued by confusion over whether around 1 million residents are eligible to vote.   Analysts say the delays have prolonged a political deadlock dating back to the 2003 civil war that is stopping vital reforms to the world's largest cocoa industry and ...

UN endorses Ivory Coast's provisional voter list

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Ivory Coast's publication of a provisional voter list, which he described as a key step in organizing the country's long-delayed presidential election.

Ivorian voter list ready by end of 2009: UN

A final list of voters for Ivory Coast's election, meant to take place on November 29, will not be ready until the end of the year, the United Nations said yesterday, pointing to the scale of the latest of many delays.

Ivory Coast ID row adds to vote delay, stokes fears

A row over voter eligibility could further delay Ivory Coast's election by several months and analysts and diplomats say it may deepen a political crisis by playing into the hands of hardliners.

Conflict diamond watchdog criticizes Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe

An international campaign group says the Kimberley Process, an international watchdog set up to monitor so-called "conflict diamonds", is failing. Britain-based group Global Witness says diamonds are regularly smuggled from Ivory Coast and says Zimbabwe's military is profiting from illicit diamond trading in the east of the country.
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