'Tone Down the Hateful Rhetoric', UN Tells Cote d'Ivoire

The UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, has called for a peaceful solution to the escalating violence in the wake of presidential elections held on 31 October. The election had been laden with tension after the 78-year-old incumbent, Alassane Ouattara, decided to run for a third term, after he had gone on record as saying that he would step down after two. According to the UN refugee agency, election-related tensions, as well as intercommunal violence in some localities, have currently forced more than 6,000 Ivorians to flee the country into neighbouring states, and the numbers continue to rise.

Police encircles opposition leaders houses.


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