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A high-level panel named by the African Union to mediate in the Cote d’ivoire crisis faces an uphill task in agreeing to a unified stand as it only has a few options to offer the country’s two rival leaders.


The two-day AU summit that ended on Monday, saw the leaders agreeing to set up a panel made up of presidents from Burkina Faso, Chad, South Africa, Mauritania and Tanzania to work out an exit strategy.


AU Commission Chief, Jean Ping said last week that the panel will aim to help Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of the disputed November elections to exercise power through a negotiated political deal.