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Ivorian president vows to hold elections as scheduled
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10:07, July 10, 2007

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Cote d'Ivoire's President Laurent Gbagbo has reiterated that the West African state's general elections will not be postponed because of an attack on the prime minister last month, vowing to hold elections as scheduled, local media reported Monday.

President Gbagbo told reporters that achieving peace is the common wish of all Ivorian people who will adhere strictly to the timetable of the peace process. The Ivorian government has the capability to hold democratic, fair and transparent elections in the first quarter of next year, Gbagbo said.

On June 29, a rocket hit the plane of Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, former rebel leader, as it touched down in the central Ivorian city of Bouake, killing four aides.

Cote D'Ivoire has been split into a government-controlled south and a rebel-held north since a failed coup against Gbagbo in September, 2002. A peace agreement was signed in January 2003, but deep differences still plague the nation delaying the peace process.

In March, Gbagbo and Soro, formerly arch enemies, signed a peace deal in which they agreed to reunite the country and organise long-delayed elections. Soro was then appointed the prime minister.

Source: Xinhua

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