The provisional results of the Commission Electorale Indépendante in Côte d’Ivoire have been declared and Alassane Ouattara has taken the Presidency. He gave the following statement:
My dear compatriots, dear friends of Côte d’Ivoire,
The Independent Electoral Commission has proclaimed this day, the provisional results of the second round of the presidential election. I congratulate and salute the high sense of responsibility shown by the IEC.
I congratulate Prime Minister Guillaume Soro Kigbafori, for outstanding leadership throughout this crisis.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to the facilitator of the inter-Ivorian dialogue; His Excellency Blaise Compaore; President of Burkina Faso; the Secretary General of the UN and the international community for their important contribution to maintaining peace in our country.
I welcome the sense of duty shown by the forces of national defence and security. They deserve our gratitude. I urge them to continue their efforts to preserve a climate of peace.
Finally, I would like to spare a solemn thought for all victims of this protracted crises. Côte d’Ivoire will never forget.
World leaders welcomed the announcement of the IEC and urged Ivorians to maintain peace and stability.