Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has won a third term in Office after securing 94.27% of the votes, the electoral commission announced early on Tuesday.
The president's victory in the October 31 election had been widely expected after two major opposition candidates, Pascal Affi N’Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié, called on their supporters to not take part in Saturday’s election.
The commission said the final voter turnout for the election was at 53.90%, but the opposition claimed that only 10% of Ivorians actually took part in the process.
The Ivorian constitution limits presidents to two terms only, but Ouattara says the approval of a new constitution in 2016 allowed him to restart his mandate.
The disagreement led to clashes in the lead up to the vote, in which at least 30 people died. 5 more people were killed on Saturday, officials confirmed.
EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said the tensions in the country are deeply concerning. The United Nations refugee agency stated that thousands of people have fled to neighboring countries in fear of more violence.