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Ivory Coast Leaders, Rebels Signal Acceptance of Transitional PM

Political leaders and rebels in Ivory Coast say they accept the choice of economist Charles Konan Banny to be the nation's transitional prime minister.

A rebel spokesman told VOA that he hopes the international community will give Mr. Banny the power to do his job.

A United Nations resolution gives the new prime minister expanded authority to carry out rebel disarmament and electoral reforms, with the goal of holding new elections by next October.

African mediators appointed Mr. Banny on Sunday, ending a deadlock between President Laurent Gbagbo, opposition leaders and the rebels.

Mr. Banny, the governor of West Africa's central bank, is expected to travel from Dakar, Senegal, to Abijan Monday.

He had been going to run for president himself, but in his new position, he is barred from seeking the office.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.