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By Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's main coalition partner on Saturday formally endorsed a deal to support the incumbent's bid for re-election in polls later this year. The support of former president Henri Konan Bedie's Democratic Party of Ivory Coast (PDCI) eases Ouattara's path to a second five-year term in office, but the arrangement has angered prominent figures in the party. Of nearly 4,000 PDCI party militants who voted at a party congress on the motion not to field a candidate and instead back the president in polls expected in October, only six voted against it. In exchange for its support, the PDCI gained the post of prime minister, along with several other key government portfolios.