President Laurent Gbagbo has been declared the winner in the latest dramatic turnaround in Ivory Coast’s disputed election.
In a move set to heighten confusion and tension, the Constitutional Council has overturned provisional results from the election commission, which said on Thursday that the president’s rival Alassane Ouattara had won.
The vote was ironically aimed at reuniting the country after a civil war and years of political stalemate. But despite the presence of the army and UN peacekeepers on the streets, fresh bloodshed is feared. At least 16 people have reportedly been killed this week alone in election-related violence.