ONUCI calls on Ivorians to exercise restraint

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA)
– The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) on Thursday appealed to the various factions in the disputed presidential election to exercise restraint and stay cool.

The appeal comes in the wake of the clashes on Thursday morning in the main city of Abidjan between supporters of Alassane Ouattara, the internationally acclaimed winner of the disputed elections, and defence and security forces, resulting in the death of 20 people and injuries to several others.

“ONUCI reiterated its opposition to resorting to violence as a means of resolving the difficulties of the presidential poll,” UNUCI spokesman, Hamadoun Touré, declared.

Speaking in a news conference, he said both camps should avoid taking measures that could increase the population’s suffering and jeopardize the various efforts under way to make the people’s will prevail after the 28 November election.

The special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Côte d’Ivoire, Young Jin Choi, certified the results of the Independent National Commission according to which Alassane Ouattara is the winner of the second round of the presidential election with 54.1 per cent of votes.

These results were immediately rejected by the Constitutional Council, which, the following day, gave victory to the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, with a little more than 51 per cent of votes.
-0- PANA GB/AAS/SOC/PAP/MA 16Dec2010

16 december 2010 23:20:05

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