Ivorians vote, ruling coalition set to win

Ivorians vote, ruling coalition set to win

More than 5 million voters are expected to cast their ballots in an election that marks the first time in a decade that the West African nation is able to elect a parliament.

The vote, boycotted by the party of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo over allegations of unfair treatment of Gbagbo supporters, is seen as a crucial step toward recovery after a decade of conflict and political turmoil.

Ouattara’s ruling coalition appears set for a landslide win based on voting patterns.

DR Congo vote battle intensifies
 
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s election standoff intensified on Sunday after a team of international observers reported that incumbent Joseph Kabila’s win was so flawed it lacked credibility, Reuters reports.

Kabila, in power since 2001, was on Friday named the winner of the November 28 poll in the central African nation, but runner-up Etienne Tshisekedi rejected the result and declared himself president. Violent protests and looting erupted in Kinshasa when Kabila’s win was announced.

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