Cote d'Ivoire's former rebel chief and now prime minister, Guillaume Soro (pictured) chaired his first cabinet meeting on 20 April since he took office under a fresh peace deal. The new transitional government, formed in early April days after Soro's appointment as prime minister in a peace deal with his former arch-foe President Laurent Gbagbo, met in the economic capital Abidjan.
Gbagbo, who was in the political capital Yamoussoukro, had authorised Soro to lead the meeting. "In the absence of the president of the republic, the cabinet will be presided over by Soro," a government statement said. Progress was being made at last.
In March, the two leaders signed a new peace agreement in nearby Burkina Faso, which will lead to elections aimed at ending the four-year conflict in the country that used to be a beacon of stability and prosperity...