Ouattara Alliance Sweeps Ivory Coast Elections

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Ivory Coast officials say the ruling coalition of President Alassane Ouattara has won 80 percent of the seats in parliament in the country's elections held on Sunday.

The country's election commission said Friday that President Ouattara's Rally of Republicans party won 127 of the 255 seats in the National Assembly. The Ivory Coast Democratic Party, which is allied with Mr. Ouattara, took an additional 77 seats.

Officials said voter turnout was 36 percent, despite a boycott by the party of former president Laurent Gbagbo, who is in The Hague awaiting war crimes charges stemming from his role in the deadly aftermath of last year's elections.

The United Nations said that Sunday's elections were “generally calm and positive,” and should help contribute to national reconciliation in the country.

Mr. Gbagbo refused to turn over authority to Mr. Ouattara after losing the November 2010 election, igniting a firestorm of violence that left at least 3,000 people dead.

Mr. Ouattara eventually assumed the presidency after Mr. Gbagbo was forcibly removed power by pro-Ouattara forces backed by U.N. and French troops.

The U.N. and human rights groups say backers of Mr. Gbagbo and President Ouattara committed criminal acts following the disputed presidential election.