The people on the Ivory Coast went to the polls last Sunday (16 November) and re-elected President Felix Houphouet-Boigny for another five year term.
The people on the Ivory Coast went to the polls last Sunday (16 November) and re-elected President Felix Houphouet-Boigny for another five year term. President Houphouet-Boigny is now the longest serving elected President on the African continent.
The President was the only candidate in the election for the country's highest office. There were also one hundred and twenty Deputies elected to the Ivory Coast National Assembly. All the Deputies were selected from the only political party in the country, the PDCI-RDA Party.
Three main problems dominate the election -- jobs for all citizens of the Ivory Coast to reduce dependence on foreign labour, educational reform and the "fight against certain traditional practices".
The need for national unity was also emphasised during the build-up to the elections and there was a call for greater participation by women and young people in the country's political decisions.
The Secretary General of the PDCI-RAD, Mr. Phillippe Yace, told the electors that they had a duty to work hard for the "future of the Ivory Coast" and he called for massive vote for the President and the Party legislative candidates.
SYNOPSIS: The people of the African country of the Ivory Coast turned out last Sunday to vote for their President for the next five years and else one hundred and twenty Deputies to the country's National Assembly.
The man who stood for President is Africa's longest serving elected leader, President Felix Houphouet-Boigny. The President was overwhelmingly re-elected for his fourth consecutive five-year term.
The President was the only candidate for the country's highest office... but that did not prevent he and his wife from turning out to vote. The election was dominated by three main problems -- jobs for all Ivory Coast citizens to reduce the country's dependence on foreign labour, educational reform and "the need to fight against certain traditional practices". There was also a call for more young people and women to take part in the political decisions of the Ivory Coast.
The candidates for the National Assembly were all chosen from the country's only political party, he PDCI-RDA Party. The Central of the party, Mr. Phillippe Yace, told the people before the election that they must work hard for the "future of the Ivory Coast".