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Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott

President Alassane Ouattara holds upper edge as country recovers from a crippling civil war

Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
Dominique Ouattara (L), wife of president of The Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara (R) casts her vote at a polling station in Abidjan (AFP/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
The poll is boycotted by the party of former strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who is awaiting trial in The Hague for crimes against humanity (AFP/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
With Gbagbo sitting in an International Criminal Court (ICC) cell, the coalition backing president Ouattara is widely expected to gain a majority of the 255 seats in the new assembly (AFP/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
President of The Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara (L) casts his vote (AFP/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
Ivory Coast awaited results from its first parliamentary election for a decade, with officials saying a boycott by the opposition had done little to disrupt voting in the country recovering from a crippling civil war (AFP/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
Election officials said they expected most of the results from Sunday's vote would be known by Tuesday, with the outcome seen strengthening the hand of Ouattara's ruling coalition (AFP/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
Despite some incidents, election officials and observers said voting proceeded normally, although turnout was lower than the more than 70 percent recorded during the presidential election last year (AFP/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
More than 5 million people were eligible to vote for parliament in an election seen as a crucial step toward recovery after a decade of conflict and political turmoil in the world's top cocoa-growing country (AFP/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
Troops of the UN peacekeeping operation in Ivory Coast (ONUCI) secure a street on Dec 11, 2011 in city of Bouake (AFP/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast elections peaceful despite boycott
Nearly 1,000 candidates are vying for the National Assembly's 255 seats, according to the electoral commission (AFP/Getty Images)