Ivory Coast

Low turnout gives Ouattara parliament win


A low turnout of voters at 36.6% and a boycott by Laurent Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) has given President Alassane Ouattara and his Rally of the Republicans (RDR) a clear win in the 11th December general election.

The Rally of the Republicans took 127 seats in the 255 seat National Assembly (one seat remains unfilled because of the death of a candidate).

The Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire — African Democratic Rally (PDCI-RDA) which had supported Ouattara in his presidential bid and been part of his national unity government earlier this year took 77 seats. It is unclear at present if they will go into opposition or join the government.

Although the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) boycotted the election, a number of their candidates decided to stand as independents. Some of them are amongst the 35 independents who won seats in the new parliament. The remainder of the seats were shared by four other small parties.

The general election completes a process from which the country will now hope to move forward and seek normalcy after a turbulent start to the year when Laurent Gbagbo refused to give up the presidency. A presidential election late last year had seen him lose the election although he refused to accept the results.

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