Court decision deepens Ivory Coast opposition rift

March 15, 2015 12:28 PM

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ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The conviction of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo's allies for their role in the violence that followed the 2011 election in Ivory Coast has deepened a rift in his party that risks radicalizing hardliners ahead of polls this year in the world's top cocoa grower, analysts say.

The widening divisions between moderate and hardline factions of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) -- Ivory Coast's only major opposition party -- are likely to bolster incumbent President Alassane Ouattara's chances of reelection in the ballot expected in October.

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