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Ivory Coast not ready for elections, U.N. says

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast needs to address serious political issues before moving ahead with presidential elections in October, a U.N. special adviser said.

U.N. rights export probes reconciliation in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Doudou Diene, a Senegalese jurist working on human rights in Ivory Coast for the United Nations, said he was looking into reconciliation efforts in the country.

Obama sees Ivory Coast as lingering threat

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast still poses an "unusual" threat to U.S. national security despite gains made since political crises in 2011, President Barack Obama said.

Ivory Coast lacks justice ahead of 2015 vote

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- With elections set for 2015, an Ivory Coast human rights advocate said justice has yet to be served for violence that erupted during the 2010 presidential race.

Ivorian reconciliation slow to develop

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Human rights officials said Ivory Coast is commended for trying to repair old wounds but the process is exceedingly slow to produce results.
HRW hails Ivorian post-election crisis investigation

HRW hails Ivorian post-election crisis investigation

PARIS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch applauded a decision by the government of Ivory Coast to renew a mandate for a unit tasked with investigating post-election violence in 2011.

Ivorian justice slow, rights group says

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Ivorian authorities need a coherent strategy to fight a culture of impunity prevalent since a post-election crisis in 2010, a rights group said from Abidjan.

Ivory Coast frees Gbagbo-era officials

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A decision by authorities in Ivory Coast to free officials close to former President Laurent Gbagbo helps with reconciliation, a U.N. official said.

Ivory Coast pressed on post-conflict justice

UNITED NATIONS, July 31 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Wednesday the government in Ivory Coast needs to stand by its commitments to address a legacy of violence and impunity.

Post-conflict Ivory Coast remains on edge

UNITED NATIONS, July 19 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast has made significant progress since teetering on the verge of civil war in 2010 but remains at risk of returning to violence, a U.N. envoy said.

Ivorian security plagued by corruption

PARIS, July 1 (UPI) -- Security in Ivory Coast is plagued by corruption more than two years after the country was pushed to the brink of civil war, Human Rights Watch said.

Ivory Coast remains fragmented, envoy says

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 12 (UPI) -- The political culture in Ivory Coast remains fragmented despite democratic progress made since contentious 2010 elections, a U.N. rights envoy said.

ICC denies challenge from Laurent Gbagbo

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, June 11 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court said Tuesday it rejected a challenge to the admissibility of the case against former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo.

France warns of terrorists in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 1 (UPI) -- French anti-terrorism officials are warning travelers and diplomats in Ivory Coast to beware of a growing jihadist threat in the country.

Focus on politics problems would help Ivory Coast recovery

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 (UPI) -- Long-term recovery in Ivory Coast would be supported by focusing on the country's political problems, Human Rights Watch said.
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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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