Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara wins third term

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Electoral officials said Alassane Ouattara won Saturday’s vote in a landslide but his opponents boycotted the election after he defied constitutional term limits.

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Alassane OuattaraElectoral officials said Tuesday that President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast had won a third term in a landslide. But his two main opponents boycotted the election and refused to recognize the results, raising fears that the West African nation could spiral deeper into political violence.

Mr. Ouattara ran for a third term although the Ivorian Constitution limits presidents to two terms. According to the country’s electoral commission, he won Saturday’s election with more than 94 percent of the vote.

Mr. Ouattara’s two main opponents said on Monday that they had created a transitional body, led by Mr. Bédié, to prepare for fair and transparent new elections. It wasn’t immediately clear how they could move forward with their plan.

Mr. Ouattara, who became president in 2010 and was re-elected in 2015, said in March that he wouldn’t seek re-election. But after the Ivorian prime minister and Mr. Ouattara’s chosen successor suddenly died in July, the president claimed that he was best positioned to lead the country for another five-year term.

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