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Ivory Coast President Ouattara easily wins re-election, 5 years after violent vote aftermath

  • A man that collected ocean water runs past a fishing boat named 'Only God Can Do' at a fishing village renowned as a tourist hot spot visited by French and other tourist yearly in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.  Ivory Coast voters await result after elections on Sunday as the West African nation held its first presidential election since a disputed vote five years ago. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    A man that collected ocean water runs past a fishing boat named 'Only God Can Do' at a fishing village renowned as a tourist hot spot visited by French and other tourist yearly in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Ivory Coast voters await result after elections on Sunday as the West African nation held its first presidential election since a disputed vote five years ago. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man, left, passes a home stead, with a Ivory Coast national flag, center, seen  at a fishing village renowned as a tourist hot spot visited by French and other tourist yearly in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.  Ivory Coast voters await result after elections on Sunday as the West African nation held its first presidential election since a disputed vote five years ago. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    A man, left, passes a home stead, with a Ivory Coast national flag, center, seen at a fishing village renowned as a tourist hot spot visited by French and other tourist yearly in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Ivory Coast voters await result after elections on Sunday as the West African nation held its first presidential election since a disputed vote five years ago. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • Woman, right, pass a street named after Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara, center, at a village renowned as a tourist hot spot visited by French and other tourist yearly in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.  Ivory Coast voters await result after elections on Sunday as the West African nation held its first presidential election since a disputed vote five years ago. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Woman, right, pass a street named after Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara, center, at a village renowned as a tourist hot spot visited by French and other tourist yearly in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Ivory Coast voters await result after elections on Sunday as the West African nation held its first presidential election since a disputed vote five years ago. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

Ivory Coast's electoral commission says the president has won a second five-year term.

Youssouf Bakayoko, the head of the commission, announced early Wednesday that President Alassane Ouattara earned 83 percent of the Oct. 25 vote.

He needed more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff. The closest opposition candidate, Pascal Affi N'Guessan, got 9 percent.

The presidential vote was the first since the 2010 contest in which Ouattara defeated then-President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to step aside sparked months of violence that killed thousands.

Ouattara campaigned on the West African country's economic rebound and security gains during his tenure, though critics say he has failed to foster reconciliation or reduce poverty.

Bakoyoko said the turnout was 54 percent, down from the 2010 first-round turnout of around 80 percent.