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OAU, ECOWAS urge speedy return to democracy

The Organisation for African Unity (OAU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have urged the military authorities in Cote d'Ivoire to ensure an early return to constitutional rule.

"The OAU will continue to encourage the government of Guei to move speedily towards the restoration of democratic governance in Cote d'Ivoire," PANA quoted OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim as saying in a news release on Tuesday.

On Wednesday PANA reported ECOWAS Executive Secretary Lansana Kouyate as saying that an ECOWAS demand for civilian rule to be introduced by June remained unchanged.

Cote d'Ivoire's military leader, General Robert Guei, announced on 24 January that presidential, legislative and municipal elections would take place by 31 October 2000. The military coup of 24 December that ousted President Henri Konan Bedie was condemned by the international community.


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