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African Union: Ivorian Leader Should Stay Past Mandate Until New Elections


The African Union's Peace and Security Council says that Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should stay in power after his mandate expires until new post-war elections can be organized.

In a statement Thursday following crisis talks on Ivory Coast, AU leaders recommended President Gbagbo stay on for one year and called for the appointment of a new prime minister.

The president's mandate ends October 30 - the day an election was to have taken place in Ivory Coast.

The election has been delayed indefinitely after the warring sides failed to implement key steps to organize the vote.

Several peace deals have failed to take hold and Ivory Coast remains divided between rebels who control large swaths of territory in the north and the government in the south.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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