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Abidjan – Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s party won a parliamentary majority in Sunday’s elections, the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission said on Friday.

The party of former strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who is awaiting trial in The Hague, boycotted the poll.

Ouattara’s Rally of Republicans (RDR) won 127 of the 254 seats up for grabs, with its main ally, the Ivory Coast Democratic Party (PDCI), getting 77, election commission head Youssouf Bakayoko said on public television.

Turnout in the vote was 36.56%, higher than the 2000 elections, Bakayoko added. But it was well down from the November 2010 presidential election when more than 80% voted.  Read more…

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