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South Africa Leads Legal Team to Ivory Coast


A South African-led delegation is set to arrive in Ivory Coast Sunday to advise its government on legal changes needed to satisfy a 2003 peace deal.

South Africa's Defense Minister Mosiuoa Lekota is leading the team, which includes lawyers and judges from South Africa, Burundi and Rwanda.

South African spokesman Bheki Khumalo says the team will present its findings on whether new laws passed in Ivory Coast comply with the Linas-Marcoussis peace accord.

The French-brokered deal calls for reforming citizenship requirements on candidates for Ivorian president.

Ivorian rebels have criticized President Laurent Gbagbo for failing to change the citizenship rule ahead of elections in October.

Since the end of civil war in 2003, Ivory Coast has been divided between the rebel-held north and the government-controlled south.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.