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Ruling RHDP party wins majority in Cote d’Ivoire’s parliamentary election

COTE D’IVOIRE’S ruling party won 58 percent of seats in parliamentary elections, results showed on Sunday, strengthening President Alassane Ouattara’s hand to pursue his political agenda.

Ouattara’s allies faced a combined challenge from opposition parties led by two of his predecessors, Henri Konan Bedie and Laurent Gbagbo, but they failed to mount a sufficient challenge.

Ouattara’s Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) party took 147 of 255 seats.

The poll comes only months after Ouattara won a third term in an election marred by unrest that killed at least 85 people, the country’s worst violence since a 2010-2011 civil war.

Ouattara now aims to pursue an agenda based on attracting investment to the world’s top cocoa producer.

 

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