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Wednesday, September 22, 1999 Published at 14:03 GMT 15:03 UK

World: Africa

Ivory Coast opposition leader under investigation

State prosecutors in Ivory Coast have put the republic's opposition leader, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, under investigation and appointed a judge to decide whether he should stand trial for using forged identity documents.

Mr Outtara, who is running as a candidate in next year's presidential elections, is accused of not being an Ivorian national and of falsifying his identity papers.

A former senior official in the International Monetary Fund, Mr Outtara had earlier warned he would sue the state and its media for defamation, saying they had no evidence against him. The dispute over Mr Outtara's eligibility to stand in the presidential elections has led to clashes between police and the opposition leader's supporters.

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