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Ivory Coast postpones presidential run-off by a week

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-12-03

The government of Ivory Coast has postponed a presidential run-off vote between incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and opponent Alassane Ouattara by one week to November 28, as requested by the country's Independent Election Commission.

AFP - The Ivory Coast government announced Tuesday it had postponed the presidential run-off vote between incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alassane Ouattara by one week to November 28.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) had asked for more time to prepare the second round, Prime Minister Guillaume Soro told reporters.

After consultations with the commission, Gbagbo had signed a decree "fixing the date of the second round for Sunday November 28, 2010," he said. The election had been announced for November 21.

"For practical, technical and material reasons, the IEC had asked for an extra week to prepare the second round in the best conditions," Soro told reporters after an extraordinary meeting of the cabinet.

Gbagbo took 38 percent of the vote in the first round of the election on October 31, while ex-prime minister Ouattara took 32 percent.

Former president Henri Konan Bedie, who came third, on Sunday called on his supporters to vote for Ouattara in the second round. He had earlier called for a recount of the first round.

Postponed half a dozen times over the past five years, the presidential election is meant to be a critical step in ending a political and military crisis that split this west African former economic powerhouse in two.
 

Date created : 2010-11-09

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