October 24, 1995 in Nation/World

Ivory Coast President Elected In Landslide

Associated Press

President Henri Konan Bedie held onto his job Monday with an overwhelming 96 percent of the vote.

Opposition parties that boycotted the election called the results a sham.

The presidential election Sunday was the first for Bedie, the former leader of the National Assembly who took office when longtime ruler Felix Houphouet-Boigny died in 1993.

According to the government, 56 percent of the 3.8 million registered voters cast ballots.

The turnout was low compared with that of 1990, when 70 percent went to the polls to re-elect Houphouet-Boigny, who turned his country into an island of stable prosperity in turbulent West Africa.

The autocratic Bedie, 61, hasn’t been nearly as popular but was expected to win based largely on Houphouet-Boigny’s popularity and the power of the party he had founded.

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