Ivory Coast President Promises No Repeat of Post-Poll Violence

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said he’s committed to holding free and fair presidential elections this year to avoid the bloodshed that followed the previous vote five years ago.

“All the conditions are met for equitable, fair and transparent elections in a peaceful climate,” Ouattara said in a speech celebrating the country’s 55th independence anniversary.

The West African nation plunged into a five-month conflict that left 3,000 people dead after a disputed election in 2010, in which Laurent Gbagbo refused to hand over power to Ouattara. Gbagbo is detained at The Hague-based International Criminal Court where his trial will begin in November on crimes against humanity charges related to the post-poll violence.

Ivory Coast’s presidential polls are scheduled for Oct. 25.

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