Cote d’Ivoire ruling party wins polls

AFP-JIJI

The party of Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara has won regional and municipal elections, the country’s electoral commission said Friday after polls marked by sporadic violence and an opposition boycott.

Ouattara’s Rally of Republicans (RDR) party scooped 65 of the 194 local councils up for grabs in Sunday’s election in the world’s top cocoa producer. Ouattara’s coalition partner at the national level, the Democratic Party of the Ivory Coast, led by former President Henri Konan Bedie, won 49 councils. The RDR also came out on top in regional elections, winning 10 of the 31 regions.

The elections were the first such polls in more than a decade and were seen as a trial run for the country’s 2015 presidential election.