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    US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price praised the election in Ivory Coast, as well as country’s progress in managing the flow of arms and combating illicit trafficking of natural resources.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to terminate a declaration of emergency in Ivory Coast following the African country’s successful October 2015 presidential election, US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a press release on Wednesday.

    "The United States congratulates the people of Côte d’Ivoire [Ivory Coast] for their resilience and commitment to a future of peace, democracy, and inclusive prosperity," Price said.

    He praised the election, as well as Ivory Coast’s progress in managing the flow of arms and combating illicit trafficking of natural resources.

    Last year’s election resulted in President Alassane Ouattara winning a second five-year term with more than 80 percent of the vote. Ouattara’s initial bid for the presidency, in 2010, was rejected by the incumbent, sparking a civil war.

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