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Opposition wins Côte d'Ivoire poll
afrol News, 2 December - Opposition leader Alassane Ouattara has been declared the winner of Sunday's run-off elections in Côte d'Ivoire, receiving 54.1 percent of the votes. President Laurent Gbagbo does not accept defeat.
Alassane Ouattara campaigning for the Ivorian presidency
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The Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), after much delay and interference by President Gbagbo's party, finally has presented the official results of Côte d'Ivoire's presidential elections. Somewhat surprisingly, northerner Alassane Ouattara was declared winner and the next President of Côte d'Ivoire.
The CEI announcement was made possible after an intervention from the international community, which demanded the ruling party to give up its blockade of the Commission.
President Gbagbo has already announced he will not accept the results from the north of the country, referring them to the Constitutional Court. This is the stronghold of Mr Ouattara, which since the 2002 civil war has been controlled by the rebel Forces Nouvelles. According to the ruling party, the former rebels had forced voters to support Mr Ouattara.
In addition to blocking the CEI offices since yesterday, supporters of President Gbagbo's party today attacked the Abidjan offices of Mr Ouattara's party.
The attack produced deadly clashes, reportedly leaving 8 dead and tens of injured. The 9,000 UN peacekeepers stationed in Côte d'Ivoire are now trying to calm the situation in Abidjan.
The Ivorian Constitutional Court has already declared it will look into the election results, reacting to the very much delayed announcement by the CEI and the possible influence of political pressure on the CEI. The Court probably also will look into President Gbagbo's fraud allegations.
President Gbagbo, who has been in power since 2000, gained most votes in the first poll round. However, the candidates defeated in that round mostly threw in their support to Mr Ouattara.
By staff writer
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