Ivory Coast Local Polls Begin Amid Boycott

Voters in Ivory Coast began casting their ballots in local elections Sunday, amid high tensions following a boycott of the polls by the party of former president Laurent Gbagbo.

They are the first local elections in more than a decade in French-speaking West Africa’s largest economy and the first time the government has organized a vote since a disputed presidential contest in 2010 plunged the country into violence.

Almost 700 candidates are running for municipal seats, with an additional …