London hails Gbagbo's arrest

London hails Gbagbo's arrest

LONDON, April 11 (UPI) -- The Monday arrest of Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo could be an opportunity for the country to finally move toward peaceful reform, the British government said.

U.N. troops open fire in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 10 (UPI) -- U.N. troops who came under fire in Ivory Coast's embattled economic center of Abidjan returned fire and ended the barrage, U.N. officials said.

Artillery attacks escalate in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 9 (UPI) -- An increase in the use of heavy artillery by two factions was reported Saturday in Ivory Coast along with allegations of genocide, rights groups said.

Massacre uncovered in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 8 (UPI) -- The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday it uncovered signs of a massacre committed against supporters of Laurent Gbagbo in western Ivory Coast.
More than 100 bodies found in Ivory Coast

More than 100 bodies found in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 8 (UPI) -- More than 100 bodies were found in Ivory Coast, which has been torn by a conflict between forces backing rivals for the presidency, the United Nations said.

Gbagbo wary of French, U.N. offers

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 7 (UPI) -- Laurent Gbagbo refuses to accept that Ivorian voters didn't elect him as president of the country, sources close to the embattled leader said.

Diplomat rescued from Ivory Coast violence

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 7 (UPI) -- Diplomats from several countries have asked to be removed from their embassies caught in the violence gripping Ivory Coast over who will lead the country.

Int'l court may probe Ivory Coast deaths

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, April 6 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court says it may investigate alleged crimes committed in Ivory Coast, including the reported mass murder of civilians.
Gbagbo's compound attacked

Gbagbo's compound attacked

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 6 (UPI) -- The compound of Laurent Gbagbo, who requested a cease-fire before starting talks to end his rule of Ivory Coast, came under fire Wednesday.

French talks with Gbagbo collapse

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 6 (UPI) -- Forces loyal to Ivorian leader Alassane Ouattara launched attacks on their rivals after talks for an exit for Laurent Gbagbo failed, a French official said.

Obama blames Gbagbo for bloodshed

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Mass violence in Ivory Coast could've been prevented if Laurent Gbagbo listened to the pleas of the international community, the U.S. president said Tuesday.
France says Gbagbo negotiating

France says Gbagbo negotiating

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 5 (UPI) -- France says it is negotiating the surrender of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo as forces of his rival Alassane Ouattara surrounded the presidential palace.

U.N. ready for action in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 4 (UPI) -- Though U.N. peacekeepers in Ivory Coast don't have a mandate for regime change, forces are preparing for action, the U.N. special envoy to the country said.

Battle for Abidjan rages, hundreds dead

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 2 (UPI) -- Fighting raged across Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday as hundreds were reported massacred in the western town of Duekoue.

London condemns latest Ivorian violence

LONDON, April 1 (UPI) -- Those responsible for human rights violations in Ivory Coast must be held accountable, the British government announced Friday.
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Alassane Ouattara
Ivory Coast government officials stated on Aprl 13, 2011 that President Alassane Ouattara will soon move into the palace of foe Laurent Gbagbo. Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down despite a U.N. Security Council Resolution recognizing rival Alassane Ouattara as the winner of an election meant to unite a country divided by civil war. UPI/Basile Zoma/UN

Alassane Dramane Ouattara (French pronunciation: ; born 1 January 1942) is an Ivorian politician who has been President of Côte d'Ivoire since 2011. An economist by profession, Ouattara worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Central Bank of West African States (French: Banque Centrale des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, BCEAO), and he was the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire from November 1990 to December 1993, appointed to that post by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. He became President of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR), a political party, in 1999.

Standing as the RDR's candidate in the 2010 presidential election, Ouattara placed second in the first round. In the second round, he faced incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo; the result was disputed, with both Ouattara and Gbagbo claiming victory. Most sovereign authorities outside Côte d'Ivoire, including the United Nations Security Council, accepted the validity of Ouattara's claim and recognized him as the new President-elect of the country. A major political crisis followed, effectively ending with Gbagbo's capture and arrest on 11 April 2011. Ouattara was formally sworn in by the constitutional authorities on 6 May 2011.

Ouattara was born on 1 January 1942, in Dimbokro, Côte d'Ivoire, French West Africa. Outtara's father's side of the family is from Burkina Faso, a fact that twice barred him from running for the presidency. He is a descendant from his fathers side of the Muslim rulers of the Kong Empire, also known as the Wattara or Ouattara Empire. He received a bachelor's of science degree in 1965 from the Drexel Institute of Technology, which is now called Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ouattara then obtained both his master's degree in economics in 1967 and a doctorate in economics in 1972 from the University of Pennsylvania.

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