Last week, Côte d’Ivoire’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the Presidential run-off vote in which he ran against incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo.
Following the release of the results, the head of Côte d’Ivoire’s Constitutional Council declared the IEC announcement “null and void,” and proceeded to proclaim Mr. Gbagbo as the winner, after cancelling voting returns from four northern regions.
President Laurent Gbagbo has already been sworn in for another five year term. In his investiture speech, Gbagbo argued that the IEC is an administrative body and does not have the power to announce an election result. Gbagbo asserted the authority of the Constitutional Council alone to rule on the results. He also spoke of sovereignty and foreign interference in the process.
Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the UN, is in touch with African leaders seeking an end to the impasse which is set to test the vigilance of the 9,000 UN troops stationed in the country.