IVORY COAST

Alassane Ouattara has won a third term in office as President of Ivory Coast with 94.27 percent of the vote.
Head of the electoral commission, Hakeem Aour, announced this early on Tuesday, after a bitter election which sparked deadly violence and which opposition voters boycotted.
He said the final turnout for the October 31 election was 53.90 percent.
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.
Opposition activists say Mr Ouattara’s decision to seek a third term was a further blow to democracy in West Africa less than three months after a military coup in neighbouring Mali and a successful third term bid by Guinea’s President Alpha Conde.
President Quattara, 78, received more than 90 percent of votes in most districts, although the opposition said his bid was an illegal attempt to hold onto power.
The Ivorian constitution limits Presidents to two terms, but Mr Ouattara says the approval of a new constitution in 2016 allowed him to restart his mandate.



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