"Sunday I will be President", says Ouattara in Côte d'Ivoire
The two opponents in the presidential elections in Cote D’Ivoire have laid out their plans on the last day of campaigning before the vote. President Laurent Gbagbo will face former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara in a tense run-off, designed to end eight years of crisis.
RFI’s Alexandra Brangeon has spent the day following Alassane Ouattara on the campaign trail.
“Ouattara went to Yopougon. It’s the most populated area of Abidjan, so home to several hundred thousand people".
"It is also a very poor area, where President Gbagbo came first in the first round of voting. It is also a strategic area for Ouattara because the third place candidate, who’s now been eliminated, won some 74,000 votes in the area and these are the votes Ouattara is going to be after".
"So he did a quick tour in his car, and the atmosphere was very calm despite the fact that it’s a Gbabgo stronghold. I saw a small group of young men running along, waving Gbabgo T-shirts at Ouattara's car".
"Ouattara then addressed the crowd encouraging them to vote and not to be afraid. He said “Sunday I will be President”.
Meanwhile Gbagbo addressed a boisterous but mostly peaceful rally in Abidjan after he appealed for calm.
Tens of thousands of the president's young supporters in white T-shirts thronged Abidjan's Place de la Republique square and charged in groups through the streets blowing whistles and yelling, "We're going to vote Gbagbo in!"