Ivory Coast: Ouattara takes early lead as 30 die In election violence
The president is expected to win re-election after opponents called for a boycott
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has taken a commanding early lead in his bid for a third term, winning all 20 of the voting districts that were announced by the electoral commission on Sunday.
Ouattara, 78, won 99% of the vote in eight of the districts announced from Saturday’s vote, most of which are ruling party strongholds. There are 108 districts in total, more of which are expected to be announced on Sunday evening.
They say the constitution limits presidents to two terms; Ouattara says the approval of a new constitution in 2016 allowed him to restart his mandate.
However, the country was spared the widespread clashes that many feared would erupt during voting.