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Ivory Coast Peace Deal Analysis - 2003-01-27


Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has signed a peace agreement with three rebel factions in Paris calling for the establishment of a national unity government and the shifting of substantial presidential powers to a new prime minister.

English to Africa reporter Richard Kotey spoke with Dr. Agyeman Dua, associate director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development and a political analyst on Francophone Africa. He said President Gbagbo was forced the sign the Paris Peace Agreement because he was losing the fight on the battlefield. He said the agreement is going to work for all Ivorians because the new prime minister is from the north and is a Muslim.

Dr. Dua said the move will appease northerners, who think they have been ignored for a very long time. He said the president will have to find a way to placate his supporters and southern brothers who have been on a rampage over the past few days.

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