Opposition leaders in Ivory Coast have called for a “civilian transition” from President Alassane Ouattara’s government, as official results showed the incumbent taking a commanding early lead in his controversial bid to secure a third term in an election that has been marked by deadly violence. Al Jazeera reports that the president has been expected to win re-election after his opponents called for a boycott of the vote in protest of what they say is an illegal bid to hold onto power. The dispute led to violence in the lead-up to the polls that killed more than 30 people, and at least five more people died in clashes on election day in the centre of the country, officials said on Sunday.