France urges Ivory Coast to release poll results immediately
France called Wednesday on Ivory Coast to release the disputed results of its landmark presidential election "before tonight" and called on all parties to cooperate with the country's electoral commission.
"It is essential that the Independent Electoral Commission announces the results within the planned timeframe, which is to say before this evening," President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said in a statement.
Sarkozy called on "all Ivorian parties to cooperate with the commission so that it may accomplish its task without delay" and said that "the will of the Ivorian people must be fully respected."
The poll results were delayed as backers of President Laurent Gbagbo accused the opposition of fraud and pushed to scrap votes in several regions of the West African state that gained its independence from France in 1960.
Authorities had promised to announce results on Wednesday morning, amid fears of unrest after disruptions and accusations of abuses in the election, already marred by at least seven deaths in vote-related violence.
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