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Côte d'Ivoire

Power back on in north Côte d'Ivoire

Reuters/Luc Gnago
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Electricity returned to several towns in the north of Côte d’Ivoire after a power cut which started on Monday. African mediators called for an end to violence in the country where outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo is locked in conflict with his rival Alassane Ouattara.

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Residents of Bouaké, the stronghold of Forces Nouvelles rebels who have backed Ouattara, had power early Saturday for the first time in six days.

Five other towns are also reported to have electricity again.

The privately owned electricity company denies any responsibility for the outage.

Gbagbo’s government claimed that power cuts took place outside the north, where Ouattara has much support, and claimed they were needed to manage limited power potential.

African Union President Jean Ping arrived in Abidjan Saturday to tell Gbagbo and Ouattara of the conclusions of a panel of five African presidents who are trying to mediate in the crisis.

They called for an immediate end to killing, such as Thursday’s deaths of seven women demonstrators, and the siege of Ouattara’s headquarters.
 

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