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General News of Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Source: Class FM

Mahama congratulates Ouattara on 2nd term win

File photo: John Mahama with President Alassane Ouattar File photo: John Mahama with President Alassane Ouattar

Ghana’s President has congratulated President Alassane Ouattara for winning a second-term in office.

“I congratulate President Ouattara on his resounding and emphatic victory. The sovereign people of La Cote D’Ivoire have voted for continuity,” Mr Mahama said in a statement.

Mr Ouattara won a second five-year term with nearly 84% of the vote.

His previous victory was rejected by the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, sparking a civil war which killed 3,000 people.

Mr Ouattara's closest challenger, Pascal Affi N'Guessan, got 9%. He is an ally of Mr Gbagbo, who faces trial at the International Criminal Court.

Several candidates withdrew from the poll, saying it was not free and fair.

The 55% turnout was sharply down compared to 80% in 2010.

Mr Ouattara required more than 50% of the vote to avoid a run-off.

Mr Mahama, who is also seeking to retain power for a second four-year term also said: “My congratulations also go to the people of Cote D’Ivoire for a successful election,” pledging: “ I will continue to work closely with President Ouattara.”

He said: “The strong bond of solidarity and economic cooperation we continue to enjoy as two neighbouring countries is linked to the peace and stability of the sub-region.

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