It has taken a decade but the long delayed presidential election in the west African state of Ivory Coast has passed off peacefully.
It is the seventh time of trying to organise the poll which is seen as essential to reuniting a nation split by a civil war eight years ago.
Deep rooted ethnic divisions have produced a political stalemate undermining the country’s economy.
Election monitors said polling stations saw around a 75 per cent turn out with millions queuing to have their say in the country’s leadership.
Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo is favourite to win in a runoff but initially the first round race is expected to be close.
One of his main rivals is Alassane Ouattara, a former prime minister and IMF official.
Preliminary results for the former French colony are due within three days.