Côte d’Ivoire President, Quattara, Wins Third Term Amid Opposition Boycott

Côte d’Ivoire President, Alassane Ouattara, has provisionally won a third term in office.

Early Tuesday, the electoral commission said the incumbent won with 94.27% of the vote, after a bitter election that sparked violence and was boycotted by opposition voters.

“Thus elected president of the republic, Alassane Ouattara,” head of the electoral commission, Kuibiert-Coulibaly Ibrahime, announced.

According to Ibrahime, the final turnout for the October 31 election was at 53.90%.

The results have to be validated by the country’s constitutional council which will declare the final winner after hearing any challenges or complaints of irregularities.

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

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

Opposition activists described Ouattara’s bid as an illegal attempt to hold onto power.

The Ivorian constitution limits presidents to two terms, but the 78-year-old says the approval of a new constitution in 2016 allowed him to restart his mandate.

The disagreement led to clashes in the lead up to the election, in which at least 30 people died. At least five more were killed on Saturday, officials said.

Over 3,000 people lost their lives to a brief civil war following a disputed election in 2010.

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