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African Union revokes ban on Ivory Coast participation

The African Union is lifting its suspension of the Ivory Coast from participating in its activities, according to a statement Thursday. Ivory Coast was suspended in December until a violent dispute over the presidency was resolved.

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AFP - The African Union on Thursday said it was lifting the suspension of Ivory Coast now that Alassane Ouattara has taken over the presidency.

The Pan-African body decided during a meeting of its Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa "to lift the suspension of the participation of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in the activities of the AU," a statement said.

On December 9, Ivory Coast was suspended from taking part in the activities of the AU until the bitter dispute that erupted over the November 28 presidential elections was resolved and Ouattara able to take office.

After more than four months of a deadly power struggle in the west African country, the Western-backed Ouattara finally gained the upper hand last week, his rival Laurent Gbagbo was captured and placed under house arrest.

The African Union welcomed Ouattara's conciliatory speeches in recent days and urged him to urgently establish a government of national unity and reconciliation.

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