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Ivory Coast: Thousands flee after controversial election

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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.

Over 3,600 people have fled Ivory Coast into Liberia as they feared post-election violence, according to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR).

The UNHCR said numbers had surged after the 31 October presidential poll which was won by the incumbent President Alassane Ouattara.

President Ouattara according to final election results won a controversial third term with more than 94% of the vote.

The constitutional court has also confirmed his election victory despite the opposition claiming widespread fraud and irregularities.

The opposition also boycotted the election and called for civil disobedience describing Mr. Ouattara’s third term as a coup.

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Ivorian opposition leaders are now facing criminal charges after setting up a rival administration.

The UN says Liberia, which is still recovering from a series of civil wars, is not economically capable of hosting the refugees from Ivory Coast.

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

President Ouattara 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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