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Ouattara re-elected as Ivory Coast president

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara casts his ballot in Cocody, a district of the capital Abidjan, on October 25, 2015Alassane Ouattara has won a landslide victory in Ivory Coast’s presidential election, results showed Wednesday, in a vote seen as key to cementing the west African country’s bid to overcome a history of electoral violence. The 73-year-old won a second five-year term outright by garnering almost 84 percent of ballots in the first round of polls Sunday, when more than half of voters turned out despite calls for a boycott by opposition candidates. Ouattara, who had been widely tipped to win, has been credited with reviving the economy of the war-scarred country, the world’s leading cocoa producer, but also accused of creeping authoritarianism.

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