Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire's Gbagbo and Ouattara set for run-off vote

Reuters/Luc Gnago

In Côte d'Ivoire's presidential election, incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo has finished in first place. He will have to face former prime minister Alassane Ouattara in a run-off probably at the end of the month. Gbagbo received 38 per cent of the vote, trailed closely by Ouattara who got 32 percent.


Former president Henri Konan Bédié came in third with 25 per cent, and will not go through to the next round.

Although Gbagbo came first, he fell short of the 50 per cent needed to win in a single round. But already Bédié's camp has demanded a recount and an immediate halt to the announcement of results.

Bedie's campaign manager, Djedje Mady, said his camp doubted the "credibility" of the results announced.

Bédié’s supporters allege ballot tampering in the long-delayed presidential election. The election, due since 2005, was postponed six times.

The results must be validated by the constitutional council before they can be proclaimed as official.

The run-off is likely to be on 28 November.

The poll is intended to reunify the country after years of civil war. Some fear that violence could break out as Gbagbo and Ouattara have a deeply troubled personal relationship.

Polling was generally smooth Sunday, with a turnout of around 80 per cent. But the European Union observer mission has accused the electoral commission of denying its monitors access to its premises.


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