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Ivory Coast President Ouattara wins third term amid controversy

The President of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara has been declared winner of the presidential ballot.

Ibrahime Coulibaly-Kuibiert, head of the electoral fee, made the announcement in a broadcast Tuesday morning.

The fee stated the incumbent received 94.27 p.c of the votes in Saturday’s election. Turnout was low; 53.9 p.c of registered voters confirmed up.

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The victory means Ouattara has secured a 3rd time period of one other 5 years in workplace. The excessive margin has been attributed to his primary opponents’ boycott.

They instructed their supporters to remain away after repeated argument – together with a authorized battle – that Ouattara ought to have been disqualified from looking for a 3rd time period.

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Ouattara, who contested after his occasion’s candidate died in July, insists he was eligible to proceed after two phrases in energy.

The 78-year-old cited the constitutional referendum handed in 2016 and his love for the nation as a part of causes he joined the race.

There are fears of post-election violence. Greater than 3,000 individuals died in in 2010 and 2011 when former President, Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to Ouattara.

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