Alassane Ouattara Wins Second Term In Cote d'Ivoire

Alassane Ouattara Wins Second Term In Cote d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has won another five-year term with nearly 84% of the vote, electoral commission officials say.

Ouattara won a total of 2,118,229 votes, or 83.66 percent of ballots cast, the president of the Independent Electoral Commission Youssouf Bakayoko announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Sunday's vote had a turnout of 54.63 percent, he said.

Witnesses reported smooth and peaceful voting in the commercial capital, Abidjan, and in the towns of Man, Gagnoa and Korhogo.

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More than six million Ivorians were registered to vote at about 20,000 polling stations. The elections commission introduced new technology, including computer tablets, to verify their identities.

In the 2010 vote Mr Ouattara defeated then-President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to step down triggered months of violence in which thousands of people were killed.Mr Ouattara's campaign this year centred around his economic programme. Critics accused him of failing to foster reconciliation or reduce poverty.

 

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