Ivory Coast’s long-awaited presidential elections are finally underway.
After six postponements in five years it’s hoped the reconciliation poll can heal a nation split by civil war and relaunch the west African states once successful economy.
Some 6 million people are eligible to vote and so far all appears to be going according to plan despite some concerns about security if the result is contested.
The race in the World’s top cocoa grower pits current President Laurent Gbagbo against 13 other candidates with the result predicted to go to the wire.
Among the challengers is Jacqueline Obie, Ivory Coast’s first female candidate ever to stand. She’s expected to come fourth overall.
Foreign powers have called on all sides to accept the result and not through the country back into crisis.
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