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Ivory Coast

UN council urges swift election in Ivory Coast

The UN Security Council urged Ivory Coast to reschedule its long-delayed presidential election as soon as possible and to ensure that the vote in the world's top cocoa producer is free and fair.

Ivory Coast leader urges peaceful, not rushed vote

Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has urged patience with the country's long-delayed elections, saying he was more concerned about avoiding a new civil war than hurrying the potentially divisive poll.

Speaking overnight before a meeting with mediators in neighbouring Burkina Faso yesterday, Gbagbo reacted to demands from the opposition in the world's top cocoa grower to fix a new date for the vote.

"For us, it is not enough to go to elections. We are emerging from a war and we want to hold elections without returning to war because of them," Gbagbo announced on arriving in the ...

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.
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