Ouattara’s party wins majority seats

President Alassane Ouattara: party retains parliamentary majority.

Parliamentary Elections in Ivory Coast has returned the governing coalition of President Alassane Ouattara to power, with 155 seats in the 255 seat legislature, the Country’s Electoral Commission said on Tuesday.

The ruling Rassemblement Houphouetiste pour la Democratie et la Paix (RHDP) faced opposition from parties including the Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI), founded by former president and war-crimes suspect Laurent Gbagbo.

The FPI received only three seats.

Voter participation, according to the election commission, was around 34 percent.

Only about six million people had registered to vote, even though at least 10 million of the West African country’s 24 million people are believed to be of voting age.

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