Gbagbo, Ouattara to enter 2nd round of presidential election in Cote d'Ivoire

19:06, November 04, 2010      

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Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara will enter the second round of presidential election in Cote d'Ivoire, the electoral commission announced on Wednesday.

President Gbagbo, a presidential candidate from the ruling Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) took lead in the presidential election by garnering 38.3 percent of the vote while former Prime Minister Ouattara, a presidential candidate from the opposition Rally of the Republicans (RDR) was placed at the second place by getting 32. 08 percent of the vote, according to the provisional results announced by the electoral commission.

The two have to face a run-off in accordance with the election code of the country which is expected to be held later this month.

The third placed is former persident Henri Konan Bedie, who won 25.2 percent of the vote. He has called for the recount of the vote, citing irregularities in the presidential election.

The capital remains relatively calm after the announcement of the provisional results of the election.

Cote d'Ivoire held the West African country's first presidential elections in years, with polling stations opened on schedule on Sunday morning.

The electoral commission said 5.7 millions voters were registered to cast their ballots at 20,073 polling stations at home and abroad on Sunday.

The vote is significant as it is widely expected to end the country's political crisis triggered by an attempted coup in 2002 and an ensuing war.

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