Ivory Coast's ruling party has secured a landslide win in local and regional elections, according to nearly complete results announced by the electoral commission Monday.
Voting on Saturday was seen as an indication of support for the leading political groups two years ahead of presidential elections in the West African nation, a regional economic power and leading cocoa exporter.
The president of the Independent Electoral Commission, Ibrahim Kuibiert, said on national television that the results had now been compiled for 30 out of 31 regions, and 199 municipalities out of a total of 201.
The ruling RHDP won in 123 municipalities and 25 regions.
The two main opposition parties -- the Democratic Party (PDCI) and the African People's Party - Ivory Coast (PPA-CI) -- had teamed up in many areas to take on the RHDP.
The almost-complete results show they had taken 34 municipalities and four regions, with the rest going to independent candidates.
The elections were the first since former president Laurent Gbagbo returned to Ivory Coast in June 2021 after being acquitted by the International Criminal Court on human rights charges linked to post-electoral violence in 2011.
Gbagbo was not able to vote after being struck from the electoral roll due to a conviction in Ivory Coast linked to the 2011 crisis.
Monitoring group Aube Nouvelle (New Dawn) said it had registered some isolated altercations but overall the poll had gone smoothly -- in stark contrast to three years ago, when contested presidential elections won by Alassane Ouattara saw violence spark that led to 85 deaths.
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