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West African nations, France call for dialogue as post-election clashes continue in Ivory Coast

More clashes broke out over Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's reelection on Tuesday as West African nations and France called for dialogue to end tensions over his contested third term.

Photo: presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara speaks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the presidential election. Copyright France24

Ouattara secured the October 31 election by more than 94 percent, but the West African nation is mired in a dispute after opposition leaders rejected the vote, accusing him of breaching the two-term limit for the presidency.

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