Mahama congratulates Alassane Ouattara

Ouattara won a total of 2,118,229 votes, or 83.66 percent of ballots cast

 

President John Mahama has congratulated his Ivorian counterpart, President Alassane Ouattara on his re-election.

President Mahama in a statement said "I congratulate President Ouattara on his resounding and emphatic victory. The sovereign people of La Cote D’Ivoire have voted for continuity."

He stated that the strong bond of solidarity and economic cooperation we continue to enjoy as two neighbouring countries is linked to the peace and stability of the sub-region. My congratulations also goes to the people of Cote D’Ivoire for a successful election. I will continue to work closely with President Ouatarra."

President Alassane Ouattara won a blowout poll victory and a second five-year term in office in a weekend vote intended to draw a line under years of turmoil and a 2011 civil war, the elections commission announced.

Ouattara won a total of 2,118,229 votes, or 83.66 percent of ballots cast, the president of the Independent Electoral Commission Youssouf Bakayoko announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Sunday's vote had a turnout of 54.63 percent, he said.

Witnesses reported smooth and peaceful voting in the commercial capital, Abidjan, and in the towns of Man, Gagnoa and Korhogo.

More than six million Ivorians were registered to vote at about 20,000 polling stations. The elections commission introduced new technology, including computer tablets, to verify their identities.

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