Ivory Coast: President Ouattara casts ballot as he runs for third term

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara cast his vote in Abidjan on Saturday, as presidential elections were underway across the country. Ouattara, running for the presidency for the third time, appeared together with his wife Dominique to cast the ballot. After casting his vote, Ouattara called for an end to protests against his decision to run for a third term. «I call on those who have called for civil disobedience, which led to deaths, to stop,» Ouattara said. «They should stop because Ivory Coast needs peace.» Ouattara has argued that a 2016 constitutional adjustment would authorise him to serve two terms starting in 2020. The move sparked a wave of protests across the country, with the opposition calling on citizens to boycott the elections. At least five people were killed and several more injured in clashes on election day, according to officials.
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