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NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton on Ivory Coast

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Ivory Coast Elections Official Changes his Mind, Now Backs President-Elect

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Ivory Coast Elections Official Changes his Mind, Now Backs President-Elect

The president of the Ivorian Constitutional Council, Paul Yao Ndre speaks at the council's headquarters on May 5, 2011 in Abidjan. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The president of the Ivorian Constitutional Council, Paul Yao Ndre speaks at the council's headquarters on May 5, 2011 in Abidjan.

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The head of Ivory Coast's Constitutional Court, Paul Yao Ndre, has reversed his earlier decision, and decided to endorse the campaign victory of Ivory Coast President-elect, Alassane Ouattara. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says Ndre's decision to back his ally, President Laurent Gbagbo, helped seal his country's bloody fate last December.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton on Ivory Coast

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Ivory Coast fell into savage war, with militias battling for control, and hundreds of civilians tortured, raped and murdered. Ironically, the presidential election was intended to get Ivory Coast past the remains of its earlier civil war.

Now the AP reports UN investigators are going to a soccer field in the commercial capital, Abidjan to check reports that bodies are interred there in a mass grave.