Abidjan: Ivory Coast held calm parliamentary elections Saturday, with voters going to the polls in a key test of stability, 4 months after a presidential vote was marked by lethal violence. Greater than 1,500 candidates had been vying for the votes of roughly seven million folks in a contest for the 255-seat Nationwide Meeting in the world´s high cocoa grower, a former haven of peace and prosperity in troubled West Africa. Grappling with a deep political disaster, President Alassane Ouattara has provided an olive department to his former rival, Laurent Gbagbo, whose social gathering lifted a decade-long boycott of elections. A masked Ouattara voted in the plush Cocody neighbourhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast´s predominant metropolis and financial hub. “I hope that the unlucky occasions of the presidential elections of 2010 and 2020 are previous us,” he stated, referring to poll-linked violence that claimed 1000’s of lives.