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Ivory Coast Election: At least five dead as vote counting gets under way

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

At least five people have been killed on Saturday during voting in Ivory Coast’s controversial presidential election.

Votes are now being counted in a presidential election which was also boycotted by the opposition.

Former president, Henri Konan Bédié, and the former prime minister, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, decided to boycott the election which they claim amounts to electoral coup.

Most of the anger related to the election was over President Ouattara’s decision to seek a third term in office.

That decision has sparked protests and agitations with his critics saying the third term bid is illegal.

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The 76-year-old who has been in office since 2011 said he wanted the new generation to take over.

But the man he picked to run on the ticket of the ruling party, Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly suddenly died in August.

Saturday’s voting was peaceful but there have been reports by the opposition that at least twelve people have been killed.

There were however disruptions in opposition strongholds with the electoral commission calling those disturbances “minimal”.

President Ouattara on Saturday after voting called for an end to the protests.

“I call on those who called for civil disobedience, which led to the loss of life, to stop,” he said.

He added that the opposition should stop the civil disobedience “because Ivory Coast needs peace, these are criminal acts and we hope that all this can stop, so that after the election this country may continue on its course of progress, which it has enjoyed over the last few years.”




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