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Ivory Coast Opposition Rejects AU Recommendation That Gbagbo Stay in Power

Opposition leaders in Ivory Coast have rejected an African Union recommendation that President Laurent Gbagbo remain in power after his mandate expires later this month.

Members of Ivory Coast's opposition bloc, known as the G7, are demanding a transitional government to replace Mr. Gbagbo.

Last week, the African Union announced its recommendation that President Gbagbo stay in office for another 12 months after his mandate expires at the end of October.

Mr. Gbagbo says he has the constitutional right to stay in power if elections cannot be organized.

Under a recent peace deal, elections were set for October 30. They were postponed after the government and rebels failed to implement key steps to organize the vote.

Despite several accords, Ivory Coast remains divided between rebels in the north and the southern-based government.