President Ouattara wins Ivory Coast election for second term

Alassane Ouattara wins Ivory Coast presidential election in first round to serve for second term

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Witnesses reported smooth and peaceful voting throughout the nation.

Alassane Ouattara has been re-elected as president of Ivory Coast according to official results announced by President of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) Youssouf Bakayoko on Wednesday.

Ouattara won the presidency for a second term in office with almost 84 percent of the vote in the first election round on Sunday.

Althought opposition candidates called for boycott, the election saw a voter turnout of 54.63 percent.

Ouattara's main rival was former prime minister Pascal Afii Nguessan who won just 9.29 percent of the vote.

Another candidate was Kouadio Konan Bertin who won 3.88 percent of the vote. 

International observers have praised the elections for being peaceful and fair despite opposition criticism of turnout figures as the nation tries to overcome a history of electoral violence.

The presidential election has a key importance for the West African country which is trying to overcome a history of electoral violence.

In 2010 high tensions led to an election being postponed six, times and after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to deliver the presidency to Ouattara who won the election, the world’s top cocoa producer was polarised leading to sporadic political violence which lasted for a year and left 3,000 people dead.

TRTWorld and agencies