I Coast PM to name new govt

2010-02-23 09:30
Nairobi - Ivory Coast's prime minister was on Tuesday expected to announce a new government, raising hopes of an end to deadly demonstrations.

President Laurent Gbagbo dissolved the previous government and the electoral commission on February 12, provoking violent demonstrations across the nation that left up to seven people dead.

However, the president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, appears to have mediated a deal after flying to Ivory Coast on Sunday for talks.

Compaore, in comments broadcast on the website of Ivory Coast's presidency, said that the opposition had agreed to take part in reconstructing the government, preparing for elections and creating a new independent electoral commission.

Prime Minister Guillame Soro, appearing alongside the Burkina Faso president, said he would name his cabinet on Tuesday and hold the first meeting shortly after.

The political chaos has thrown into doubt the west African nation's ability to organise presidential elections, which have been postponed six times since 2005.

Ivory Coast is split between the north, which backs former rebel Soro, and the south, which is largely loyal to Gbagbo, who survived a 2002 coup attempt that sparked a civil war.

- SAPA
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