By Loucoumane Coulibaly
Abidjan - Ivory Coast's rebel leader Guillaume Soro is ready to become prime minister if asked under the latest peace plan to reunite a country split in two since 2002, a newspaper quoted him as saying on Monday.
Soro, who leads the New Forces rebels who seized the north of the world's top cocoa grower in a brief 2002-03 civil war, signed a new peace deal this month with President Laurent Gbagbo which many observers think could see him made prime minister.
"Making me the next prime minister is not a taboo subject. In 2005 I had already indicated that the prime minister's office should go to the New Forces," Soro told Ivorian daily North-South in an interview.
"I would have no fear of taking over as prime minister."