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Ivory Coast President Requests List of Candidates for Defense, Security Ministry Posts - 2003-08-31

Ivory Coast's President Laurent Gbagbo has asked the prime minister to put forward a list of candidates for two key ministry posts - appointments vital to moving forward with a new power-sharing government.

In a statement Saturday, President Gbagbo urged Prime Minister Seydou Diarra to present candidates for the posts of defense and security "as soon as possible."

A cabinet meeting of Ivory Coast's unity government is scheduled for Tuesday.

Ivorian rebels and government officials have been unable to agree on candidates for the two ministerial posts since adopting a French-brokered peace deal in January.

Ivory Coast's civil war erupted last September, when rebels attempted to overthrow President Gbagbo.