Only days after deadly land conflicts, the Ivorian government is expected to launch a new law on Sept. 10 that clarifies rural land ownership rights. Originally passed 10 years ago, it has now been amended to give rural landowners a certificate stating their land can be leased but not resold. Experts worry recent deadly clashes over land and inter-ethnic tensions in the east will spread unrest as November’s elections approach. The most recent conflict between the Lobi and Koulango ethnic groups broke out in Bondoukou, 400 km north-east of Abidjan on 6 September and left about 10 dead and more than 20 wounded. (IRIN)

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