UN chief welcomes announcement of Cote d'Ivoire's provisional results for presidential run-off elections

09:50, December 03, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon here Thursday welcomed the announcement of provisional results for Cote d'Ivoire's presidential run-off elections, urging all parties to show "responsibility."

"The secretary-general calls upon the Constitutional Council to expeditiously initiate the process of proclamation of the final results, respecting the will of the people of Cote d'Ivoire, so that his special representative can certify those results, in keeping with his mandate," said a statement released here by Ban's spokesperson.

Ban called on all parties "to exercise patience and to refrain from any violence or action that may disrupt the successful conclusion of this electoral process."

"The secretary-general stresses that all parties and leaders would bear the responsibility for any violent actions of their supporters," said the statement.

The United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) will undertake all possible actions, within its mandate, to keep the electoral process and to maintain peace and security in the country, said Ban.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced Thursday that former prime minister Alassane Quattara won the presidential run-off, garnering 54.1 percent of the vote, while incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo got 45.9 percent.

Cote d'Ivoire's presidential elections have been delayed since 2005 due to tension between the rebel-held north of the country and the south, which engaged in a civil war beginning in 2002.

Source: Xinhua


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