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Ivory Coast's president says he will reduce unemployment during 2nd term in office

  • Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara speaks to the Associated Press during a interview in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.  Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a disputed poll five years ago sparked violence that killed thousands in the West African economic powerhouse, the electoral commission announced early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara speaks to the Associated Press during a interview in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a disputed poll five years ago sparked violence that killed thousands in the West African economic powerhouse, the electoral commission announced early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara speak to the Associated Press during a interview in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.  Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a disputed poll five years ago sparked violence that killed thousands in the West African economic powerhouse, the electoral commission announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara speak to the Associated Press during a interview in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a disputed poll five years ago sparked violence that killed thousands in the West African economic powerhouse, the electoral commission announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara, second right, arrives for a interview with the Associated Press in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.  Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a disputed poll five years ago sparked violence that killed thousands in the West African economic powerhouse, the electoral commission announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara, second right, arrives for a interview with the Associated Press in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a disputed poll five years ago sparked violence that killed thousands in the West African economic powerhouse, the electoral commission announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

Ivory Coast's president says he hopes to reduce unemployment by 2 million during his second term in office.

President Alassane Ouattara told The Associated Press Thursday that he had already started reducing unemployment in the agricultural sector during his first term in office, and he hopes to keep that momentum.

Ouattara was re-elected in the first round of the country's Oct. 25 elections. He campaigned on the country's economic rebound and security gains during his tenure, although opponents say he has failed to reconcile the opposing forces in the country or reduce poverty.

After Ouattara defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo in 2010, Gbagbo's refusal to leave office led to months of fighting that killed more than 3,000 people.