Campaigning starts for Ivory Coast election

AP News
Posted: Oct 15, 2010 11:04 AM
Campaigning starts for Ivory Coast election

Ivory Coast's presidential campaigning kicked off Friday morning with young adults singing the virtues of their favorite candidates as they stood in front of poster-lined walls in the country's capital.

The three front runners have all been unofficially campaigning for months, but the opening of the campaign period means that advertisements in print, on television and on the radio are now permitted.

Fourteen candidates are vying for the presidency in Oct. 31 elections.

Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo is running ahead in polls, followed closely by former President Henri Konan Bedie and former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara.

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Ivory Coast has endured eight years of civil war, and a date for elections has been set and missed six times. Gbagbo's term officially expired five years ago.