09 Nov Ivory Coast Constitution Council Confirms Ouattara’s Re-election
Ivory Coast’s highest judicial authority validated the re-election of President Alassane Ouattara for another five years in office.
“It was a fair vote,” said Mamadou Kone, the president of the Constitutional Council, during a hearing Monday in the commercial capital, Abidjan.
Ouattara, 78, secured a third term in office after garnering 94.3% of ballots cast in Oct. 31 polls. His nearest rival obtained just 2% of the vote, after the main opposition boycotted the election, arguing that the constitution bars Ouattara from serving more than two terms.
The election has inflamed tensions in the world’s top cocoa grower, where the opposition and the government have been in a dispute. Ouattara’s main rival, Henri Konan Bedie, and Pascal Affi N’Guessan, a smaller opposition leader, had urged their supporters to join a civil disobedience campaign ahead of the vote. They also called last week for a transitional government to prepare fresh elections — a move that led to the arrest of Affi N’Guessan and several other opposition politicians.
The same Constitutional Council approved Ouattara’s bid to run in a Sept. 14 hearing, during which it rejected the candidacies of 40 other candidates, limiting last month’s electoral race to just four contestants.