Elections in Côte d’Ivoire: What’s happening ?

Here is a quick summary of the events surrounding the elections in Côte d’Ivoire

– People involved

  • 14 candidates. Amongst them: Laurent Gbagbo (Head of State 2000-2010), Henri Konan Bédié (President 1993-1999) and Alassane Ouattara (Prime Minister 1990-1993)
  • Independent Electoral Commission, composed by members of leading political parties and independent observers
  • United Nations (10000+ men), Choi Young-Jin
  • Government and rebel authorities, responsible for the safety and the good operation of the elections

– What has happened since the First Round ?

  • October 31th: First round. 5,7 million voters called. 81% participation. Results: Laurent Gbagbo 38,30%, Alassane Ouattara 32,03%, Henri Konan Bédié (25,24%)
  • November 25th: TV debate between Gbagbo and Ouattara
  • November 28th: Second Round of the elections. SMS are suspended. Curfew announced by Gbagbo.
  • December 2nd: Youssouf Bakayoko, president of the electoral commission, announces Ouattara winner with 54,1% of the votes
  • December 3rd: Paul Yao N’Dré, President of the Conseil Constitutionnel announces Gbagbo winner with 51,45%
  • December 8th: Both Presidents have formed their governments: Gbagbo with Ake N’Gbo as Prime Minister and Ouattara with Guillaume Soro as Prime Minister. Foreign news channels are suspended.
  • December 17th: a pro-Ouattara demonstration is violently crushed in the streets of Abidjan.
  • December 20th: UN sanctions against members of Gbagbo’s government
  • December 23rd: UEMOA restrict access to finances to Ouattara’s representatives
  • December 29th: a delegation from ECOWAS visits Abidjan to ask Gbagbo to leave
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