Obama urges "peaceful and transparent" polls in Cote d'Ivoire

11:30, October 29, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Cote d'Ivoire to hold the long-delayed presidential elections in a "peaceful and transparent manner," describing the Oct. 31 polls as a critical step to rebuilding the West African country.

"The people of Cote d'Ivoire deserve a secure environment for elections, and for their choice to be accepted by all candidates," Obama said in a statement.

Cote d'Ivoire was plunged into a civil war in 2002 following a failed coup d'etat attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo. The nation remains divided with the ex-rebel New Forces holding the north and the loyalists controlling the south.

The presidential elections, which have been postponed six times, are rescheduled for Oct. 31 to decide a successor to Gbagbo, whose term expired in 2005.

"The Ivoirian government, the candidates, their supporters, and all political actors have an obligation to ensure that the long-delayed presidential elections are held in a peaceful and transparent manner," Obama said. "These elections are a critical step to rebuilding Cote d'Ivoire."

He added that "the United States stands with the Ivoirian people as they prepare for long-awaited democratic elections, and move closer to lasting peace and prosperity in Cote d'Ivoire."

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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