Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara seeks reelection on Saturday in a presidential vote that his opponents boycotted in protest over his bid to secure a contested third term.

At least 30 people were killed in pre-election clashes since August, stoking fears of a return to the violence that left 3,000 dead in a crisis a decade ago when then president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down.

A former IMF official in power since 2010, Ouattara is facing off with veteran opposition leader Henri Konan Bedie in a bitter rivalry that has defined Ivorian politics for decades. Ouattara’s decision to run angered Bedie and another opposition candidate, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, who called for a boycott and civil disobedience over a third mandate they branded an illegal “electoral coup”.


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