ABIDJAN, 3 November 2020 – Cote d’Ivoire’s outgoing president, Alassane Ouattara, has won a third term in office in a presidential ballot marred by an opposition boycott, acts of intimidation and violence.
Ouattara garnered 94 percent of the vote, according to an official announcement Monday by the country’s Constitutional Council.
The Constitutional Council said main opposition candidates Pascal Affi N’Guessan and Henri Konan Bedie, who called the boycott, respectively won 1 percent and 2 percent of the votes cast.
Turnout was almost 54 percent despite the boycott, according to official figures.
The opposition, which boycotted the ballot, says turnout was far less.
On Monday, the opposition announced the creation of what it called a transitional government.
The opposition maintains that it was illegal for Ouattara to run for a third term.
Supporters of Mr. Ouattara argue that the constitutional change in 2016 limiting terms really meant his first term could not be counted retroactively.
“Maintaining Mr. Ouattara as head of state is likely to lead to civil war,” N’Guessan warned on Monday.
At least 35 people were killed in clashes leading up to and on election day.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has said thousands of people have fled to neighboring countries, fearing that the violence could get worse.