Voters in Ivory Coast are electing a brand new parliament, with two former presidents hoping to maintain the allies of the present chief, Alassane Ouattara, from claiming “absolute energy.”
Within the first election since an outbreak of lethal violence in October, Ivory Coast residents have been voting for a brand new parliament on Saturday.
The previous French colony, which is the world’s high cocoa producer, confronted a deep political disaster when President Alassane Ouattara introduced he could be in search of a 3rd time period final yr. The opposition boycotted the presidential vote on October 31, permitting Ouattara to say a landslide victory, however not less than 85 individuals misplaced their lives within the unrest.
Saturday’s parliamentary elections seemed to be peaceable.
“The truth that all main events are collaborating on this election is a improvement that confirms the democratic momentum in our nation,” President Ouattara stated after casting his personal poll.
Who’re Ouattara’s rivals?
The 79-year-old faces a mixed problem from two former presidents — Laurent Gbagbo, who was ousted by Ouattara in a 2011 struggle, and Henri Konan Bedie, who was overthrown in a army coup in 1999.
Bedie had been backing Ouattara till 2018. Gbagbo’s left-leaning EDS coalition and Bedie’s center-right PDCI have claimed their purpose is to stop the president and the ruling RHDP celebration from “consolidating absolute energy.”
The Saturday election additionally marks a return to the stage for Gbagbo, who had left the nation to face struggle crimes expenses earlier than a world tribunal. He was acquitted in 2019.
After a decade below Ouattara, opposition leaders are struggling to indicate they’re nonetheless related, based on political analyst Ousmane Zina.
“Their credibility is at stake as a result of within the occasion of defeat, the opposition can be lowered to nothing, and threat dividing additional, and this may solely profit the celebration in energy,” Zina advised the Reuters information company.
What do the voters say?
Ouattara, who previously served as a senior govt for the Worldwide Financial Fund, is pursuing a coverage of attracting overseas funding and chopping down on forms. Nevertheless, not everyone seems to be impressed together with his rule.
“We’re drained. We do not have a lot to eat,” a 43-year-old businesswoman advised the AFP information company within the nation’s financial capital of Abidjan.
“In my neighborhood we do not have water and that is why I got here to vote. In order that it adjustments,” she added.
On the identical time, a hairdresser in a RHDP shirt stated she was voting to finish “countless” squabbles between her compatriots.
“We’re voting for peace,” she advised the company.
Official outcomes of the parliamentary vote are anticipated on Sunday.
dj/nm (AFP, Reuters)