A election banner promoting Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara, right, with people walking past in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
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Election observers gave Ivory Coast's presidential vote a clean bill of health Monday and early estimates put participation at a healthy 60 percent, allaying fears poor turnout would mar the expected reelection of President Alassane Ouattara.Election observers and diplomats said Sunday's vote, which is crucial to reassuring investors and turning the page on Ivory Coast's violent political past, was held without major incident.There were concerns that many voters would stay at home because the outcome of the election was perceived to be in little doubt. Bertin Konan Kouadio, one of the six candidates seeking to unseat Ouattara, claimed that the process had been tainted by irregularities, including foreigners who had been caught attempting to vote.
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