London issues travel alert for Ivory Coast

LONDON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The British government warned against all travel to the Ivory Coast after a political stalemate brought rival claims to the presidency.
Ivory Coast unrest prompts travel warning

Ivory Coast unrest prompts travel warning

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Washington issued a travel warning for the Ivory Coast amid a tense standoff over the country's second round of presidential elections, the State Department said.
Europe warns Ivory Coast of sanctions

Europe warns Ivory Coast of sanctions

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A top European official suggested Monday the West African country of Ivory Coast may face sanctions if it does not settle its presidential election.
Ivory Coast presidential rivals sworn in

Ivory Coast presidential rivals sworn in

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Ivory Coast's president was sworn in for another term Saturday in defiance of a U.N. determination that his opponent won the runoff election.

Court overturns Ivorian election results

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A constitutional court in the Ivory Coast said Friday it was overturning poll results that showed opposition leader Alassane Ouattara won a Sunday runoff.

U.N. urges calm after Ivory Coast election

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The United Nations has urged Ivory Coast election rivals to refrain from violence while officials try to determine who won a presidential runoff.

Ivory Coast seals borders after election

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The Ivorian military says it closed the country's borders, as tensions increased amid confusion over the results of Sunday's presidential election runoff.

Opposition leader wins in Ivory Coast?

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The electoral commission in the Ivory Coast announced Thursday that opposition leader Alassane Ouattara won a runoff, though a court contested the result.

Ivorian election results postponed

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Presidential results from the first open elections in the Ivory Coast since independence in 1960 are delayed because of political squabbling, observers said.

Ivorians earn respect for weekend vote

BRUSSELS, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Irregularities recorded during a weekend election in the Ivory Coast weren't enough to skew the results, the European Union announced.

Election curfew imposed in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- President Laurent Gbagbo has ordered a 10 p.m. curfew in Ivory Coast after polls close in Sunday's runoff presidential election.
Ivorians not out of woods, analyst says

Ivorians not out of woods, analyst says

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Though the first round of an election in the Ivory Coast was peaceful, the loser could take his complaints to the streets after a runoff, an analyst warns.
Runoff slated for Ivorian election

Runoff slated for Ivorian election

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The first round of voting in a presidential contest in the Ivory Coast was inconclusive, leading to a second round Nov. 28, a U.N. official said.

Ivory Coast to hold runoff elections

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast elections, held for the first time in five years, resulted in the need for a runoff vote scheduled later this month, officials said.
Jackson urges fair Ivory Coast election

Jackson urges fair Ivory Coast election

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says a positive election outcome in Ivory Coast could help bring an end to U.N. sanctions against the West African nation.
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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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