Cote d'Ivoire

    The long-awaited and much-delayed presidential elections as well as reunification are the key issues for Cote d’Ivoire, the top United Nations envoy there said March 17, lamenting what he described as a “serious weakening” of the momentum toward holding polls. Cote d’Ivoire, which became split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south, was supposed to hold the elections as far back as 2005. The polls have been repeatedly postponed, most recently from Nov. 29 last year to this March. A new date has not yet been set. “It is quite regrettable to see the elections once again delayed,” Y. J. Choi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, told the Security Council. Choi noted that the political impasse that started in early January this year following the production of the second electoral list resulted in “serious weakening of the electoral momentum.” (U.N. News Service)

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