Several killed as Cote d'Ivoire election tally delayed in tensions

22:14, December 02, 2010      

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Several people were killed overnight in an attack on an office of presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara as the publication of the Nov. 28 run-off results were delayed amid tensions, police reported on Thursday.

Nearly 20 people were either shot dead or wounded by unidentified men at Ouattara's office in the district of Yopougonthe in the West African country's economic capital Abidjan.

The election-induced violence has claimed more than 10 lives since the presidential campaigns held on Nov. 20-26.

On Wednesday, Cote d'Ivoire extended the election curfew to Sunday, after imposing it from Saturday to Wednesday.

The announcement of Cote d'Ivoire's presidential run-off results remained blocked on Wednesday night due to disagreement within the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI).

The country's constitution stipulates that CEI had until Wednesday midnight to give complete provisional results.

On Tuesday night, the CEI spokesman Bamba Yacouba was interrupted from reading the results by two CEI members who are close to the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo.

They claimed that there was massive rigging of the elections and therefore the results were not "accurate."

The camp of his rival, the former prime minister Alassane Ouattara accused Gbagbo of trying to "grab power."

Source: Xinhua


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