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Ivory Coast Election: Alassane Ouattara Wins Second Term

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has won a second five-year term with nearly 84% of the vote, electoral commission officials say.

Mr Ouattara won a total of 2,118,229 votes, or 83.66% of votes cast, the commission said. Turnout was 54.63%.

Several opposition candidates pulled out of the campaign, complaining that it was not free and fair.

The last vote in 2010 was bitterly contested and resulted in a civil war in which 3,000 people lost their lives.

Mr Ouattara required more than 50% of the vote to avoid a run-off. His closest opposition rival, Pascal Affi N'Guessan, got just 9%.

In the 2010 vote Mr Ouattara defeated then-President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to step down triggered months of violence in which thousands of people were killed.

Mr Ouattara's campaign this year centred around his economic programme. Critics accused him of failing to foster reconciliation or reduce poverty.


Ivory Coast 'charges ex-rebels for election violence'

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Ex-rebels who backed Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara are among 20 people charged with war crimes committed during post-election violence in 2010-2011, judicial sources say.
Some of them, including two senior commanders, are now in the military.
Until now, only those who supported the previous government have faced justice, prompting criticism from activists.
More than 3,000 people died after ex-leader Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in presidential elections.
Both sides were accused of atrocities in the bloody clashes that followed the disputed polls.
Mr Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity, which he denies.
Earlier this year, his wife Simone Gbagbo was sentenced to 20 years in jail in Ivory Coast for her role in the violence.


Fifa corruption: Jacques Anouma denies 'Qatar bribe'

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Ivorian ex-Fifa executive Jacques Anouma has told the BBC that he did not accept a $1.5m (£1m) bribe over Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid.
His denial comes amid a criminal investigation by Swiss prosecutors into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.
Mr Anouma said that justice should now be left to run its course.
The Swiss investigation follows the indictment of seven top Fifa officials in May, accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m.
Mr Anouma also said that $2m paid by Qatar to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in 2010, ahead of the final World Cup vote, did not oblige African members to vote for the Gulf nation.
Negotiations with Qatari officials for the $1.5m bribe are alleged to have taken place in a hotel in the Angolan capital Luanda, during the Caf annual congress in 2010.
But Mr Anouma said there was no way he could have been involved as he was not in the country at the time.


Ivory Coast's natural hair movement is turning heads

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In Abidjan, hair can be a contentious topic. Many Ivorians are persuaded to eschew their natural hair in favor of chemical straighteners, wigs and extensions. Afros and dreadlocks are rarely depicted on local television, and those that wear their hair naturally can be shunned from their offices.
"I have one friend who has natural hair, and she has to wear a wig to work. They will not even let her inside the building with natural hair," says Azi Oyourou, founder of Re-Zen Up, one of the few salons in the capital that specializes in natural hair styles.
The tide is slowly starting to turn, however, thanks in part to the efforts of a community movement, Nappys de Babi.
The group currently hosts bi-monthly meet-ups where participants exchange stories and tips on how best to care for natural hair.


China to build 60,000-seat stadium in Ivory Coast

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China flexed its economic muscle again on Thursday when it was announced it would finance the construction of a 60,000-seat stadium in Abidjan in time for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
"A gift from China, the Olympic stadium of Ebimpe with 60,000 seats will allow the hosting of high-level football, athletics and rugby tournaments," a spokesman said before a sports ministry meeting in the Ivory Coast capital.
The project will also see the construction of a sports city around the stadium in the suburb of Anyama, in the north of the capital.
The work, which will take around two years, will start in January 2016.
"The stadium is a gift from China; the Ivory Coast has just the space to put at its disposal," the spokesman told AFP.
Abidjan currently has just one ground of international standard in the 35,000 capacity Houphouet-Boigny stadium built before independence in 1960.


I.Coast bans poultry imports from bird flu-hit Burkina Faso

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Ivory Coast said on Thursday it is banning the import of poultry from avian flu-hit Burkina Faso to prevent the spread of the disease.
"The measure will be applied at our borders, and at all poultry shops," said Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, Ivorian minister for animal and fishing resources.
On Wednesday, Burkina Faso's government announced that cases of H5N1 bird flu have been detected in poultry farms in two of its provinces, one of them Kadiogo which includes the capital Ouagadougou and its suburbs.
In Koubri -- a town about 40 kilometres (24 miles) south of Ouagadougou -- one private farm alone reported the death of 50,000 chickens since February, said an official with the department of animal resources.
"The death of a large amount of poultry was recorded between February and March 2015 in traditional and modern farms," said Jean Paul Rouamba, Burkina Faso's minister for animal resources.


Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo jailed

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Ivory Coast's former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections.
Gbagbo, 65, had been charged with undermining state security.
Her husband, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
More than 3,000 people died in the violence that followed the presidential poll after the ex-leader refused to accept defeat to Alassane Ouattara.
She and her husband were arrested in 2011 after troops stormed a bunker where the pair had taken refuge in the main city, Abidjan.
And it was in the same city where Gbagbo - once called the "Iron Lady" and known for her fiery speeches - faced trial. She was also accused of disturbing public order and organising armed gangs.
'Ashamed of Ivorian justice'


Ghana Navy to visit Cote d’ívoire

Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, the Chief of Naval Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces would lead a high-powered naval delegation for a two-day goodwill visit to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.
The visit, scheduled on February 22 to 26, would highlights on issues to promote stronger military ties and maritime cooperation between the two countries, after a successful visit by the Ghana Navy to the Republics of Togo and Benin.
The visit would also focus on maritime exercise between the two navies aimed at fighting piracy and armed robbery at sea.
This was in a statement signed by Lieutenant Commander Andy La-Anyane, Deputy Director in charge of Information and Press Relations of GAF and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.
The statement said two Ghana Navy Ships, GNS NAA GBEWAA and GNS CHEMLE as well as the Ghana Navy Regimental Band would also be part of the visit.


Afcon 2015: Ivory Coast celebrates win with public holiday

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Ivory Coast announced a public holiday on Monday to celebrate its dramatic win over Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations final.
A 9-8 victory on penalties on Sunday night gave the Ivorians their second title, in a repeat of the 1992 final.
The game was followed by joyous celebrations on the streets the country's biggest city, Abidjan.
Ivory Coast's win brings to an end a 22-year drought during which they lost twice on penalties.
President Alassane Ouattara announced the paid holiday on public radio and television after the game.
Celebrations in Abidjan went on late into the night on Sunday.
Gozo Maxime Blessing, a 27-year old student, told the BBC that fans had been waiting 23 years for this moment.
"I'm great. I don't know how to express my joy. But this is a very good performance by the Elephants.


Ivorian police unit to investigate suspected ritual killings

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Police in Ivory Coast have set up a special unit to investigate a series of suspected ritual killings of children.
More than 20 children have been kidnapped and killed across the country in recent weeks and most of the bodies have shown signs of mutilation.
Police said 1,500 officers and soldiers would be patrolling "known danger spots" in the main city, Abidjan, including areas around schools.
Unicef has criticised what it says is a culture of impunity in Ivory Coast.
The UN children's agency says there has been a repeated failure to investigate crimes against children and it has called on the government to address "a general sense of scare in the population" about the attacks.
Police say they are involving the UN agency in their investigation.


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