– Advertisement – “They should stop because Ivory Coast needs peace, these are criminal acts and we hope that all this can stop, so that after the election this country may continue on its course of progress, which it has enjoyed over the last few years.” – Advertisement – Mr Gbagbo also put himself forward to stand in this year’s election but the electoral commission blocked him because he had been convicted in the Ivorian courts. What’s the background to the tension? Alassane Ouattara, 78, economist. Became president in 2011, serving his second term after years in opposition. It added that a significant number of voters were disfranchised because polling stations did not open, adding that even those people who were able to vote did so “in a context of fear and anxiety”. At least nine people were killed during Saturday’s vote, news agency AFP reports. Related Topics His supporters argued that a constitutional change in 2016 reset the clock and that his first term did not count. In the eastern town of Daoukro, protesters erected roadblocks. Meanwhile tear gas was used to push away demonstrators who gathered close to where the president cast his ballot in the main city, Abidjan. Opposition figures say it was illegal for Mr Ouattara to stand for a third term as it broke rules on term limits. But, in July, the ruling party’s previous presidential nominee, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died of a heart attack. After voting in Abidjan on Saturday, Mr Ouattara called for an end to the protests. His opponents do not share that view, arguing instead that it is illegal for Mr Ouattara to run for a third term. Main opposition candidates Pascal Affi N’Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié had urged their supporters not to vote. “An election is the moment when a society comes together to experience and live out democracy, but the context that prevailed on election day… shows that a large segment of the Ivorian population did not experience this election in peace,” PTI Advocacy Group said in a statement.