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U.S. warns of violence in Ivory Coast

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- The security situation in Ivory Coast could quickly deteriorate despite recent security gains, the U.S. State Department warned.

U.N.: Ivorian military officers smuggling cocoa 'warlord-style'

UNITED NATIONS, April 30 (UPI) -- "Warlord-style predatory economic activities" of ex-Ivory Coast rebel leaders integrated into the military include smuggling cocoa beans, a U.N. report said.

Local elections set for Ivory Coast, Gbagbo supporters to sit out

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 20 (UPI) -- Members of former President Laurent Gbagbo's party say they will sit out when Ivory Coast voters go to the polls for this weekend's local elections.

Ivory Coast wants surveillance drones

UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (UPI) -- If peacekeepers leave Ivory Coast, national protection should be bolstered by the use of surveillance drones, the Ivorian envoy to the United Nations said.

Ivory Coast littered with weapons

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 16 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast is still flush with weapons more than two years after an end to post-election conflict, a researcher from Amnesty International said.

HRW: Ivorian justice lacks balance

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 11 (UPI) -- None of the forces in an Ivorian military unit created by President Alassane Ouattara have faced trial for post-election abuses, Human Rights Watch said.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 11, 2013.
By United Press International

Ivorian justice troubles rights group

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, April 4 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast isn't living up to its commitments to hold all parties to post-election violence accountable for their crimes, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Ivory Coast looks to China for support

DURBAN, South Africa, March 29 (UPI) -- African countries like Ivory Coast need the support of the Chinese government to advance economic and political goals, the Ivorian president said.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
By United Press International

Former Ivory Coast president before ICC

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court began hearing testimony Tuesday on whether former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should stand trial.

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Mourning period after deadly stampede

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara declared three days of mourning and pledged a swift investigation into the stampede that killed 60 people.

60 dead in stampede in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A New Year's Eve fireworks display in Ivory Coast ended in tragedy when 60 people died in a stampede as they left a stadium early Tuesday, officials said.

Boots on the ground in Mali by 2013

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The Ivorian president said Wednesday that an African-led force could be on the ground in Mali as early as the first quarter of 2013.
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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
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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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