n African Security Review - Côte d'Ivoire 2008 elections : is there hope? : Africa watch

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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The war that erupted in 2002 in Côte d'Ivoire - a former beacon of peace in West Africa - seems to be dying down. President Laurent Gbagbo's direct dialogue with the leader of the , Guillaume Soro, which resulted in the framework for peace known as the Ouagadougou Peace Agreement and the complementary agreements, looks set to pave the way for the resolution of the crisis. Concluded under the aegis of President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, these agreements, which defined the steps necessary to guide Côte d'Ivoire out of the crisis, were seen as a diplomatic and political milestone. Despite the sporadic setbacks on a number of issues, the situation in Côte d'Ivoire continues to improve. Of major concern, however, is whether Ivorian political actors will keep the new date set for the presidential election.

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