A country without a president?

The recent elections in the Ivory Coast have been delayed for many years because President Laurent Gbagbo wanted to remain in power. However, facing pressure from many nations, Gbagbo announced elections for this fall.

The first round was held a couple weeks ago and Gbagbo and his former prime minister and most important figure from the opposition, Alassane Ouattara, obtained enough votes to go to a second round of elections.

A couple days after the run-off, the future of this former powerful country of West Africa is on hold, reported Voice of America. The independent electoral commission decided to delay the results after supporters of Gbagbo held Monday a violent protest in front of the electoral commission headquarters.

Both parties are claiming fraud from their opponent. The independent electoral commission has decided to delay the results again on Wednesday. This could lead to more tension in the capital Abidjan and discredited the electoral process in progress. At midnight, local time, on December 2, because the independent commission the country did reveal the results, it violate the law and the country is not having a president.

Submitted by Jean-Virgile Tassé-Themens

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