Cote de Ivoire has elected its new president in a runoff with a turnout of 80 percent.
The runoff was triggered after a week-long election campaign in which the main opposition party, the Popular Movement for Change, lost ground to a smaller and more influential group, the National Movement for Liberation.
It is the first time since independence in 1960 that the country’s top leadership has been directly elected to a new parliament.
The ruling Cédric Moutet has been replaced by Michel Moutite.
The elections came as the country faces a global economic crisis, with the UN predicting that gross domestic product will fall below $20 billion for the first and third quarters of the year.
The election was postponed on Thursday due to a flood of applications from the opposition parties and human rights groups.
The new government was formed on Monday with the help of the Cote du Soleil electoral council and the Côte d’Or, which includes the presidency.
The Côtes de Idomeneaux, the countrys largest football club, have already pledged to support the new government and will continue to play in the tournament.
The presidency will hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide on who will serve as prime minister, while a parliamentary commission will examine the next steps of the country.