Ivory Coast holds first post-war pres­i­den­tial poll

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ivory Coast is hold­ing a bit­terly con­tested pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the first since the civil war ended in 2011.

The poll has been marred by prom­i­nent op­po­si­tion can­di­dates pulling out, cit­ing wide­spread ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Pres­i­dent Alas­sane Ou­at­tara is run­ning for a sec­ond term in the world’s largest co­coa pro­ducer.

Mr Ou­at­tara’s main chal­lenger is former Prime Min­is­ter Pas­cal Affi N’Gues­san, the can­di­date of Mr Gbagbo’s Ivo­rian Pop­u­lar Front.

Three of the 10 op­po­si­tion can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Charles Ko­nan Banny, an­other former prime min­is­ter, have with­drawn from the elec­tion.

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