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