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CONTAINER INFORMATION

Abbreviation

CIV

Website

Côte d'Ivoire

Established

8/7/1960

Discontinued

 

Last Modified

4/20/2013


Institutions

President

Agnéby

Autonomous District of Abidjan

Autonomous District of Yamoussoukro

Bafing

Bagoue

Bas-Sassandra

Belier

Bere

Bgokle

Bounkani

Côte d'Ivoire - National Assembly

Denguélé

Dix-Huit Montagnes

Folon

Fromager

Gbeke

Goh

Gontougo

Government

Grands Ponts

Guemon

Hambol

Haut-Sassandra

Iffou

Indiene Djuablin

Karadougou

Lacs

Lagunes

Loh-Djibouah

Marahoué

Me

Moyen-Cavally

Moyen-Comoé

N'zi-Comoé

Nawa

Poro

San Pedro

Savanes

Sud-Bandama

Sud-Comoé

Tchologo

Tonkpi

Vallée du Bandama

Worodougou

Zanzan


DESCRIPTION

Close ties to France since independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment made Cote d'Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the tropical African states, but did not protect it from political turmoil. On 25 December 1999, a military coup - the first ever in Cote d'Ivoire's history - overthrew the government led by President Henri Konan BEDIE. Junta leader Robert GUEI held elections in late 2000, but excluded prominent opposition leader Alassane OUATTARA, blatantly rigged the polling results, and declared himself winner. Popular protest forced GUEI to step aside and brought runner-up Laurent GBAGBO into power. GBAGBO spent his first two years in office trying to consolidate power to strengthen his weak mandate, but he was unable to appease his opponents, who launched a failed coup attempt in September 2002. Rebel forces claimed the northern half of the country and in January 2003 were granted ministerial positions in a unity government. Several thousand French and West African troops remain in Cote d'Ivoire to maintain peace and help implement the peace accords.


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