20-05-2022 09:10 PM Jerusalem Timing

Ivory Coast Top Court Declares Ouattara President

Ivory Coast Top Court Declares Ouattara President

Ivory Coast’s top court ratifies results of presidential election, declares Alassane Ouattara won

Ivory Coast's Constitutional Council ratified Thursday the results of a presidential election showing that Alassane Ouattara won, reversing an earlier decision to reject them.

The court's initial rejection of electoral commission results from the November 2010 poll sparked a four-month power struggle between Ouattara and incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo that killed thousands and displaced more than a million.

Constitutional Council President Paul Yao N'Dre said the top legal body now accepted that Ouattara won the election.

The electoral commission had awarded victory to Ouattara with a 54 percent majority. His struggle to secure power turned increasingly violent until Gbagbo was finally arrested in an underground bunker stormed by pro-Ouattara forces on April 11.