UK statement on the 31 October 2020 presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire

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Minister for Africa, James Duddridge said:

The UK condemns the violence and incendiary rhetoric during the electoral period in Côte d’Ivoire and expresses its condolences to the families of those who have died. I wish a full recovery to the injured and underline the importance of a full investigation into all incidents.

The UK takes note of the provisional election results published by the Independent Electoral Commission on Monday 2 November, noting also that voter participation varied considerably across the country, whether through choice or through disenfranchisement. The lack of consensus on the electoral process has divided communities, but creating parallel structures is not a resolution.

I urge all parties to exercise restraint and abstain from declarations which may inflame the situation further. I encourage all parties to respect the constitutional order and democratic process and to re-establish a genuine political dialogue to resolve their differences.

The UK stands with the people of Côte d’Ivoire at this important moment and reiterates its commitment to working with all stakeholders in a peaceful way.

Published 5 November 2020

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