Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara wins controversial 3rd term with 94% of vote
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has provisionally won a third term in office with 94.27% of the vote, the electoral commission announced early on Tuesday, after a bitter election that sparked deadly violence and was boycotted by opposition voters.
"Thus elected president of the republic, Alassane Ouattara," Kuibiert-Coulibaly Ibrahime, the head of the electoral commission announced.
He said the final turnout for the Oct. 31 election was at 53.90%.
The results have to validated by the country's constitutional council which will declare the final winner after hearing any challenges or complaints of irregularities.
Ouattara, 78, received over 90% in most districts in Saturday's vote, although the opposition said his bid was an illegal attempt to hold onto power.
The Ivorian constitution limits presidents to two terms, but Ouattara says the approval of a new constitution in 2016 allowed him to restart his mandate.
The disagreement led to clashes in the lead up to the vote, in which at least 30 people died. At least five more were killed on Saturday, officials said.
The country was spared the widespread violence that many feared would erupt during voting, but many Ivorians fear that the country could experience longer-term unrest.
(Reporting by Ange Aboa and Loucoumane Coulibaly; Additional reporting by Aaron Ross; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Richard Chang, Christopher Cushing and Raju Gopalakrishnan)