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Ouattara wins 2nd term elections with nearly 84%

from BBC
Ivoirean President, Alassane Ouattara
Ivoirean President, Alassane Ouattara

(elbcradio.com/Oct. 29, 2015)Cote D’Ivoire’s President, Alassane Ouattara, has won a second five-year term with nearly 84% of the votes, the electoral commission officials say.

Mr. Ouattara’s first victory was rejected by the then incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, sparking a civil war in which 3,000 people were killed. 

Mr. Ouattara’s closest challenger, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, an ally of Mr. Gbagbo, got 9%. Several candidates withdrew from the poll saying it was not free and fair.

The 55% turnout was sharply down compared to 80% in the 2010 elections. Mr. Ouattara required more than 50% of the votes to avoid a run-off.

BBC Tamasin in Abidjan said while the President has been criticized for not doing enough for reconciliation and justice, he has been praised for turning round the economy and for returning Ivory Coast to the economic success-story it commanded in the 1970s.

 


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