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Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara wins re-election with 94% of votes

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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.

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara has won a third term in office following his major victory in last month’s presidential election.

The election was boycotted by the opposition with turnout reported to be at almost 54 percent.

He secured 94% of the total votes cast with the results expected to be confirmed by the Constitutional Council.

Main opposition candidates Pascal Affi N’Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié who boycotted the election got 1% and 2% respectively.

The fourth candidate, Kouadio Konan Bertin, also got 2%, according to the official results.

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On Monday, the Ivorian opposition said it is creating a transitional government which would organize a new election.

The political atmosphere in Ivory Coast is still tense and volatile with over 30 people already killed in election-related campaign violence.

President Ouattara after voting over the weekend 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.”

He first came into power in 2010 after a brief civil war that led to the death of over 3,000 people.




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