President Houphouet-Boigny voted in Abidjan on Sunday (29 Nov.) in the Ivory Coast elections which resulted in his being returned to office for a further five years.
President Houphouet-Boigny voted in Abidjan on Sunday (29 Nov.) in the Ivory Coast elections which resulted in his being returned to office for a further five years. He received an overwhelming 99.97 per cent of the vote.
Official results of the election show that 99.19 per cent of the 2,020,090 people eligible to vote went to the polls. The 100 candidates of the ruling Ivory Coast Democratic Party received 99.89 per cent of the votes cast.
The President was the only candidate in the Presidential election and the Democratic Party candidates for the National Assembly were also unopposed.
The Interior Minister, M. Nanlo Bamba, described the results as an unreserved vote of confidence in the policies pursued by the President and party since independence.
M. Houphouet-Boigny led his country to independence in 1960 after a long career in French politics. He held Ministerial posts in various French governments until 1958 when he resigned to become the Ivory Coast's Prime Minister.
His uninterrupted leadership of the country has contributed to an economic boom which makes the Ivory Coast the envy of many other African nations.
Other leaders who voted included the President of the National Assembly, M. Philippe Yace; the Minister for Information, M. Bouazo Edmond; and the Minister for Finance and Economy, M. Konan Bedie.