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Ivory Coast’s president submits candidacy for 2015 elections

August 5, 2015

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast’s president submitted his candidacy on Wednesday for October elections that many hope will remain peaceful after postelection violence during the last polls left the country in crisis.

Alassane Ouattara, 73, said he hopes that the Oct. 25 elections will be calm and that results will be accepted by all.

Former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat in 2010 elections to Ouattara, and resulting postelection violence killed more than 3,000 people.

The top cocoa-producing country has seen a rapid revival of its economy, roads and hospitals under Ouattara, a former International Monetary Fund economist who is favored in the election, according to local polling. He leads the ruling Rally of the Republicans party.

Henri Konan Bedie — another former president who finished third in the first round of the 2010 vote and then lent his support to Ouattara for the runoff — has asked his party, the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast, to back Ouattara for another term. Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front party is divided, and experts say they may not rally behind a single candidate.

Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court.

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