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Dispute over Ivory Coast count

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Dispute over Ivory Coast count


Ivory Coast’s President Laurent Gbagbo will face opposition leader and ex-prime minister, Alassane Ouattara in a runoff after neither candidate won enough votes in Sunday’s presidential election.

However the third placed candidate , Henri Konan Bedie, has made accusations of vote rigging. He wants the proceedings to begin again under increased supervision.

The poll is intended to reunite the once prosperous country and end years of crisis after a civil war in 2002.

Despite Bedie’s complaint to the electoral commission, pollsters always predicted a run off between Alassane Ouattara, and Laurent Gbagbo.

Provisional results have Gbagbo winning over 38 per cent of the vote. He is favourite to keep the presidency in the second round which will take place on November 28.
International observers praised Ivory Coast’s poll on Sunday, however, concerns have since risen over the slowness of the count.

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