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Ivory Coast: Ouattara celebrates

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Ivory Coast: Ouattara celebrates


Alessane Ouattara has won a second five-year term as president of Ivory Coast.

The 73-year-old was re-elected easily in the first round with almost 84 percent of the vote.

The 55% turnout was sharply down, however, compared to 80% in 2010.

Election officials are glad that the vote passed off peacefully.

Thousands died in 2010

Dispute over the last poll five years ago sparked violence that killed thousands in the West African economic powerhouse.

The incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, rejected the result.

Gbagbo is now in The Hague pending trial at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

A free and fair election?

Several candidates withdrew from this latest poll, saying it was not free and fair.

However, on Monday US election observers said the election was credible.

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