Ouattara re-elected as Ivory Coast president

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ABIDJAN: Alassane Ouattara was re-elected as president of Ivory Coast, official results showed Wednesday, in a vote seen as key to cementing the West African country’s bid to overcome a history of electoral violence. The 73-year-old won a second term outright by garnering almost 84 percent of ballots in the first round of polls Sunday, when more than half of voters turned out despite calls for a boycott by some opposition candidates. His main challenger was ex-prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan, who garnered just 9.29 percent of ballots and ran on behalf of the Ivorian Popular Front — the party of former leader Laurent Gbagbo. Ouattara unseated Gbagbo in 2010 but the then president refused to concede defeat, sparking a wave of violence that left around 3,000 people dead.

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