Ivory Coast Vote Results Overturned; President Declared Winner PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 December 2010 19:46

Ivory Coast's constitutional council says the country's incumbent president has been re-elected, overturning results released by the electoral commission that showed the president losing to a former prime minister. The opposition says it will not accept the change in results. 

Constitutional council president Paul Yao N'dre says President Laurent Gbagbo has won re-election. 

N'Dre says the constitutional council annulled results in seven northern regions where the Gbagbo campaign says supporters of former prime minister Alassane Ouattara engaged in electoral fraud. 

The results annulled were enough to give President Gbagbo more than 51 percent of the vote, overturning results released Thursday by the country's electoral commission that showed Mr. Ouattara winning with 54 percent of the vote. 

Ouattara campaign director Amadou Gon Coulibaly says the opposition will not accept the constitutional council changing those results. He told reporters:"The Ivorian people have spoken, and Laurent Gbagbo is beaten."

The council's decision is expected to further worsen a security situation that has already seen at least 14 people killed in electoral violence. The country is under an overnight curfew. All its borders are closed. Foreign news broadcasts are suspended indefinitely.


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