Ruling party of Ivory strikes an absolute majority in parliament with 167 seats

  • December 21, 2016

Ivory Coast’s ruling coalition party wins absolute majority with 167 parliamentary seats out of 254 in the country’s legislative elections held on Sunday.

The Independent Electoral Commission on Tuesday declared the Houphouetist Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) party of President Alassane Ouattara an absolute majority winner in the contest.

“The results of the elections are as follows:

RHDP (ruling coalition) won 167 seats, Independents won 75, UDPCI won 6, UPCI won 3 and the FPI (former party of Laurent Gbagbo) won 3 seats,” the president of the IEC, Issouf Bakayoko declared.

The RHDP secured 67.75% of the seats ahead of the Independents who won 29.53% of seats.

The voter turnout was 34.10% making it one of poorly participated elections in the country.

More than 6.2 million people were registered to vote and elect new members of the National Assembly.

This is the first national election conducted after the adoption of the October constitutional referendum.

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