Ivory Coast: March 26, 2004


The power-sharing government collapsed as rebels and the main opposition party pulled out. This was because of 25 people dieing in an anti-government demonstration in the commercial capital (Abidjan) that the government had declared illegal. The rebels and opposition parties said they would continue demonstrating. The government is believed to be just going through the motions of negotiating with the northern rebels, and really wants to marshal enough forces to crush the rebels.


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