Ivorian government expanding control

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Northern Ivory Coast officials said they are warming to the administration of President Alassane Ouattara a decade after civil war that had divided the country.

Ivory Coast opens borders after attack

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Ivorian government said it decided to open its air space with Ghana following cross-border attacks last week.

U.N. envoy to probe justice in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Impunity for alleged violations of human rights in Ivory Coast is the focal point of a 19-day visit by a U.N. rights envoy, the United Nations said.

Ivorian violence concern for peacekeepers

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast said it was re-evaluating its operational requirements in the wake of a weekend attack on national forces.

Gbagbo ally detained near Abidjan

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- An Ivorian leader loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo was arrested by military forces, a leader from his party confirmed.

Gunmen free Ivorian prisoners near Abidjan

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Armed fighters stormed a prison near the commercial capital of Ivory Coast and freed more than 150 prisoners, a military official confirmed Friday.

Ivorian security sector remains weak

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- While Ivory Coast has recovered economically from the brink of civil war, the security sector is still in need of work, an analyst said.

Ivory Coast reviews security after attacks

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The Ivorian defense minister said security officials were reprimanded following attacks near Abidjan.

Ivorian violence blamed on Gbagbo allies

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The Ivorian interior minister said there were signs that forces loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo were behind an attack on the country's soldiers.

Ivorian bandits make off with weapons

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Militants who stormed a military base near Abidjan in Ivory Coast escaped with weapons and ammunition, the U.N. mission there said.

ICC delays hearing for Ivorian leader

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court has postponed a hearing for former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo until issues surrounding his health are resolved.
Ivory Coast thanks France for debt cancel

Ivory Coast thanks France for debt cancel

PARIS, July 27 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara thanked French President Francois Hollande for cancelling his country's debt to France at a meeting in Paris.
Ivory Coast mired in confusion

Ivory Coast mired in confusion

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 20 (UPI) -- There's still a sense of confusion in Ivory Coast more than a year after the former president was transferred to The Hague, a rights official said.

Envoy: Ivory Coast situation 'complex'

UNITED NATIONS, July 19 (UPI) -- The United Nations needs to maintain an active role in Ivory Coast to promote security and reconciliation, the head of the peacekeeping mission said.

Liberia praised for tackling militancy

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 20 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch praised the Liberian government for taking strong action against alleged perpetrators of cross-border attacks in Ivory Coast.
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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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