Ivory Coast’s ruling party and the main opposition both claimed victory at legislative elections

Ivory Coast’s ruling party and the main opposition both claimed victory at legislative elections

Both the Ivory Coast’s ruling party and main opposition have claimed victory Sunday in the nation’s legislative elections with the official results still to be announced.

“We have achieved our goal of securing around 60% of the seats,” said Adama Bictogo, executive director of the ruling RHDP party.

But the centre-right Ivory Coast Democratic Party (PDCI) opposition party has also claimed to have won the vote, alleging that the preliminary results were riddled with irregularities.

Earlier on Sunday, the center-right Ivory Coast Democratic Party (PDCI), announced that it won “around 128 seats with our allies.” That would be just enough to secure a majority of the 255 seats.

Both claims of victory came after the country’s international electoral commission released early provisional results, but no official results have been announced

The PDCI was in an election alliance with the center-left coalition Together for Democracy and Solidarity (EDS). The parties said their aim was to prevent President Alassane Ouattara and the RHDP from “consolidating absolute power” in the world’s largest cocoa grower.

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