International pressure is growing on Ivory Coast to issue the results of its disputed presidential election after the opposition accused the current leadership of blocking their publication. Earlier, a news conference turned into farce as supporters of incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo tore up the run-off results as they were being read.
Allies of opposition challenger Alassane Ouattara claim Gbagbo is preventing publication because he knows he has lost. But the ruling party insists much of the vote in the North of Ivory coast, where Quattara did well, was marred by voter intimidation. Gbagbo’s supporters say they will now formally seek to get the result annulled in at least three of the country’s Northern regions.
Divided by a one year civil war, which began in 2002, Sunday’s election was meant to reunify the West African state. Instead, it appears to have simply highlighted its north-south divide.