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After Sunday's presidential election in the Ivory Coast (or Cote d'Ivoire), violence broke out when two candidates, the Ivory Coast's military ruler, General Robert Guei, and Laurent Gbagbo, Guei's main opponent, both declared that they had won the election. Thousands of Gbagbo supporters protested in the streets of the country's capitol, Abidjan and were met by military authorities, who responded with live ammunition, teargas, and batons. In the following three days, at least 60 people were killed. The conflict has also threatened relations between the Ivory Coast's ethnic groups. Guei's supporters mainly live in the country's northern, Muslim region, while Gbagdo represents the Christians living in the western and southern regions. Both mosques and churches have been looted and set on fire. On Thursday the official vote was released by the national electoral commission: Gbagbo received 59 percent of the vote, and Guei, 32 percent. Later that day, Gbagdo was swore in as president, as Guei went into hiding. The violence in Abidjan seems to have settled. Today, Gbagdo named Affi N'Guessan as the Ivory Coast's new prime minister. Previously, N.Guessan was the Minister of Industry and Tourism in Guei's government. The new president has also vowed to keep Guei's timetable to return the Ivory Coast to democracy.
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