White House urges Cote d'Ivoire to respect elections results

09:10, December 03, 2010      

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The U.S. White House on Thursday urged all parties in Cote d'Ivoire to respect results of the country's presidential elections.

"The United States calls on all parties to respect the results of Cote d'Ivoire's November 28 election as announced today by the Independent Electoral Commission," said White House National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer in a statement.

"Those provisional results have declared Alassane Ouattara the winner over incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo," said Hammer. " Credible, accredited electoral observers have characterized the balloting as free and fair."

Hammer warned against obstruction of further electoral process.

The military of Cote d'Ivoire on Thursday announced on television that the country's land, air and sea borders had been sealed.

The move came just hours after the announcement by the election commission that former prime minister Alasssane Ouattara had won the presidential run-off by garnering 54.1 percent of the vote against his rival incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo who got 45.9 percent of the vote.

The election results have been rejected by the constitutional council of the country, which said for the time being, the election commission is not in the position to announce anything.

Media report has also said that responding to the announcement, the camp of President Gbagbo had said the provisional results giving victory to Ouattara was not legally valid.

Source: Xinhua


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