Ouattara seeks strong legislative majority as I.Coast votes

Electoral poster for Cisse Bacongo, the chief candidate of the Ivory Coast presidential coalition, the Houphouetist Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP)Ivory Coast voted Sunday in elections that President Alassane Ouattara hopes will strengthen his parliamentary majority to help keep the world’s top cocoa producer in the economic fast lane. The first polling stations opened late around 8:40 am GMT for the ballots, in which the ruling coalition is seeking an absolute majority in the face of numerous dissidents and opposition candidates. “I voted for change and development of my neighbourhood,” said Fousseni Diabate, a 25-year-old shopkeeper after voting at a primary school in Abidjan’s Adjame district.

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