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Ivory Coast President, Alassane Ouattara, Wins Third Term Amid Boycott

 

President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast has emerged winner of the nation’s presidential poll, in an election boycotted by the opposition.

Ouattara won a controversial third term in office, as he took 94% of the vote, even winning 99% in some of his strongholds.

Turnout was put at almost 54% in a result confirmed by the Constitutional Council.

The Ivorian opposition, on Monday said it was creating a transitional government which would organise a new election.

Main opposition candidates Henri Konan Bédié and Pascal Affi N’Guessan had urged their supporters not to vote.

According to the official results, they got 2% and 1% respectively, while a fourth candidate, Kouadio Konan Bertin, also got 2%.

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Opposition figures say it was illegal for Ouattara to stand for a third term, saying it broke rules on term limits.

M N’guessan said, “Maintaining Mr Ouattara as head of state is likely to lead to civil war”, adding that the opposition noted a vacancy of power.

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