Panafrican News Agency

Cote d'Ivoire: 85 dead in electoral violence

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A total of 85 people lost their lives in the violence that erupted after the presidential election on October 31 in Côte d'Ivoire, the spokesman of the Ivorian government, Sidi Touré, announced at the end of the council of ministers meeting

The election was won by the incumbent President Alassane Ouattara, with more than 94% of the votes cast.

In a press statement, Touré said 34 people died in the violence before the election, 20 during the elections and 31 after the polls.

In total, 434 others were wounded, including some elements of the defense and security forces, he said, adding that 225 people were arrested, 167 indicted and 45 under committal warrants.

The spokesperson also announced that President Ouattara will have a meeting with the president of the PDCI (Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire), Henri Konan Bédié at 5 p.m.

The meeting, at the initiative of Ouattara, aims to find a solution to the crisis, after the arrest of several opponents, according to observers.

More than 8,000 Ivorian refugees have now fled to neighboring countries amid political tensions in their country, the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, announced on Tuesday, recalling that they were a little over 3,200 a week ago.

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