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Ivory Coast holds local elections boycotted by opposition party

Voters in Ivory Coast went to the polls Sunday for local elections that were boycotted by the opposition party of former President Laurent Gbagbo, highlighting slow progress on reconciliation following deadly postelection conflict two years ago.

The elections for municipal and regional positions are the first government-organized polls since a decade-long political crisis that culminated in five months of postelection violence in late 2010 and early 2011.

President Alassane Ouattara's government failed to convince Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front political party to take part in the vote earlier this year.

Turnout appeared to be low in both government and opposition strongholds of the commercial capital of Abidjan. But Ouattara said he was confident turnout would increase throughout the day.