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Ivory Coast president can rule by decree

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April 10, 2013 03:08 PM EST | AP

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — An Ivory Coast legislative official said Wednesday that lawmakers had given President Alassane Ouattara the authority to rule by decree on social and economic issues for 2013.

Daouda Maiga, a member of the National Assembly's communications staff, said an overwhelming majority of the 178 lawmakers present voted in favor of the measure Wednesday. He said four voted against and one abstained.

Maiga added that Ouattara's decrees will still need to be reviewed and approved by lawmakers later in the year.

Ouattara's governing coalition has a majority in the 255-seat parliament.