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US calls on Côte d’Ivoire’s leaders to show commitment to rule of law while US President is doing otherwise.

Ivorian opposition candidate Pascal Affi N'Guessan (right) calls for 'civilian transition' during a press conference in Abidjan on November 1, 2020. © Issouf Sanogo, AFP

4 November, 2020.

As America’s president, Donald Trump betrayed America democratic processes by falsely claiming he had won re-election on live television as votes were still being counted, the United States has called on Côte d’Ivoire’s leaders to show a commitment to the democratic process and the rule of law.

According to a statement released by the US Embassy, Abidjan: “The United States condemns the violence of this election period. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and hope for the full and speedy recovery of the wounded.

“We urge relevant authorities to investigate all incidents of violence and to hold accountable those responsible.”

President Alassane Ouattara’s key opposition figure called his supporters to boycott the polls. It was reported that dozens of people died in street clashes before the Ivory Coast’s election vote.

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