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Côte d'Ivoire

Ivorian electoral commission misses deadline

Reuters/Luc Gnago
2 min

The deadline for the release of Sunday's presidential election results in Côte d'Ivoire has expired, although the head of the electoral commission said that they were continuing to work on the results. The Commission had until midnight Wednesday to announce whether incumbent Laurent Gbagbo or challenger Alassane Ouattara had won, according to the country's constitution.

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Ivorian state television announced that the curfew due to end Thursday will be extended until Sunday. The country remains tense as world powers called on Côte d'Ivoire to announce provisional results without further delay amid fears of fresh unrest.

"There are major issues [...] We are still working," Youssouf Bakoyoko, the head of the electoral commission said before midnight on Wednesday. "I ask people to be patient and understanding and to give us time to work in peace."

Both Ouattara's party and incumbent President Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front  (FPI) held press conferences on Wednesday with distinctly different messages.

Ouattara's Rally of the Republicans (RDR) party said that the results were ready and should be announced immediately, while Gbagbo's camp cried fraud and said the votes in the northern regions of the country should be scrapped.

 

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