Voting started in Ivory Coast’s legislative election on Saturday with President Alassane Ouattara’s allies facing a mixed scenario from opposition parties led by two of his predecessors.
The poll comes entirely months after Ouattara won a third term in an election marred by unrest that killed at least 85 of us, the country’s worst violence since a 2010-2011 civil battle.
After boycotting the presidential election in affirm at Ouattara’s decision to see a third term, the parties of former presidents Henri Konan Bedie and Laurent Gbagbo are fielding parliamentary candidates on a joint list.
Sure regulate of parliament by Ouattara’s Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) would reinforce his hand to pursue an agenda based on attracting investment to the arena’s top cocoa producer. Ivory Coast has been one of many arena’s fastest-rising economies in most up-to-date years.
“We’re voting for peace. We don’t desire any more unending debates between Ivorians,” acknowledged Aïcha Coulibaly, a hairdresser, who wore an RHDP t-shirt as she voted in Abobo, a Ouattara stronghold of the industrial capital Abidjan.
Polls discontinuance at 1800 GMT and are due on Sunday.
The opposition is below stress to show it stays relevant after over a decade of political dominance by Ouattara, who came to energy after defeating the incumbent Gbagbo in the 2010 election and then prevailing in the civil battle that adopted.
Gbagbo’s faction of the Ivorian In fashion Front (FPI) is participating in a national election for the first time since he was ousted in 2011 and sent to the International Prison Courtroom to face battle crimes payments. He was acquitted in 2019.
“I’m overjoyed to participate on this vote. Since 2010, I hadn’t voted,” acknowledged retiree Alfred Balli after casting his ballotin Yopougoun, a Gbagbo stronghold of Abidjan.
Bedie’s Democratic Occasion of Ivory Coast (PDCI) dominated national politics from the 1940s till he was overthrown as president in 1999. It backed Ouattara for years however split with him in 2018.