Ivory Coast's prime minister has resigned from his post as the head of the country's main rebel group to concentrate on organizing the country's long-delayed presidential elections.

Guillaume Soro announced Friday he would no longer lead the New Forces rebels.  

Mr. Soro became Ivory Coast's prime minister in 2007 after the government of President Laurent Gbagbo signed a power- sharing deal with the rebels, ending a civil war that left the country divided between the rebel-controlled north and the government-controlled south.

The elections have been delayed since 2005.  The question of who is eligible to vote is at the heart of the country's election dispute.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.