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Ouattara wins disputed Ivory Coast poll

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Ivory Coast’s presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara has won the country’s disputed election.

Official results released by the West African state’s electoral commission gave him just over 54 per cent of the vote compared to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, who took around 46 per cent. Gbagbo has already said he will challenge the result, claiming fraud and voter intimidation in the north of the country.

The election, postponed six times previously, had aimed to reunite Ivory Coast following its civil war earlier this decade. However the ballot has been marred by controversy.

On Wednesday night, security forces killed four people at Ouattara’s campaign office in the city of Abidjan. At the same time, authorities missed a deadline to publish the disputed run-off poll’s results. An army spokesman said forces were responding to fire. However the opposition says the attack was unprovoked.