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Ivorian parties still at odds

2010-02-21 22:35

Ouagadougou - Ivory Coast's two main opposition parties have ruled out participating in the new government, the leader of one of the parties, Herni Konan Bedie, said on Sunday following mediation talks here.

Bedie, a former president of the west African country, said after talks with Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore, that participation of the opposition parties "is not being envisaged for the moment".

Mediator Compaore said that Bedie and the other key opposition leader, Alassane Ouattara, would now hold "urgent talks" with Prime Minister Guillaume Soro and President Laurent Gbagbo to try to resolve the impasse which has held up the formation of a new government.

Soro was expected to name a new government on Monday, more than a week after Gbagbo sacked the cabinet and the electoral commission in what the opposition claimed was an attempt to delay elections due next month.

Five opposition protesters were killed on Friday in clashes with security forces in the western town of Gagnoa.