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Article published the Tuesday 30 November 2010 - Latest update : Tuesday 30 November 2010

Gbagbo supporter tears up election results

Security forces patrol along a street in Gagnoa
Reuters/Luc Gnago

By RFI

Supporters of Côte d’Ivoire’s President Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday physically prevented electoral officials from announcing the results of the presidential election run-off. Meanwhile, the party of the other presidential hopeful Alassane Ouattara has accused Gbagbo of planning to steal power.

Damana Adia Pickass, a member of the electoral commission, seized papers with the election results from the hands of commission spokesman Bamba Yacouba when he was about to read them out, and tore them up in front of journalists.
 
Adia Pickass and another Gbagbo supporter said that the results were not valid.
 
Gbagbo's rival, Alassane Ouattara’s followers alleged earlier on Tuesday that Gbagbo was attempting a "confiscation of power" by preventing the commission from announcing the results.
 
“Our observers saw irregularities, some obstacles on the day of the vote and serious tension,” said EU electoral monitor mission head, Cristian Preda. “Democracy needs confidence and we can see there is more tension than confidence here.”
 
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to both candidates to "subject themselves to the will of the Ivorian people".
 
Jonathan, chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), is asking Gbagbo and Ouattara to “tone down their rhetoric and maintain the peace at this very critical stage".
 
Results are set to be announced on Wednesday.

tags: Alassane Ouattara - Côte d'Ivoire - Democracy - Elections - Laurent Gbagbo - President - Violence
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Please give peace a chance Gbagbo

Please give peace a chance, self declared president. Let the country that give you the power to their power. We all are tired with you. Please leave in peace.

third election

i think alassane and gbagbo should go for a third round to see the reality.if we don't know who is the president of cote d'ivoire,ivorians should call for a third election.

Avice to Gbagbo and his suporters

Gbagbo and his supporters should put aside their selfish and power thirst tendencies aside and think of the security and peace of the people of that nice country. The people of Ivory coast have spoken, you need to listen to the people-as it is said, 'the voice of the people is the voice of God’. People are tired of being in a country of unrest. Being stubborn will let you taste the heavy hands of the international community-be warned

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