Gbagbo 'stifled,' Paris says

Gbagbo 'stifled,' Paris says

PARIS, March 17 (UPI) -- Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo is "gradually being stifled" as support grows for his rival Alassane Ouattara, a French official said.

HRW report details Ivory Coast atrocities

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 17 (UPI) -- Troops loyal to Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo committed rape and murder, and carried out executions, a Human Rights Watch report indicated.

Rights group highlights Ivorian atrocities

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 16 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said forces for rival Ivorian leaders committed atrocities in an election stalemate threatening to push the country back toward civil war.

'Promising signs' in Ivory Coast?

UNITED NATIONS, March 15 (UPI) -- Suggestions that incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo controls a sizable military force don't correlate with facts on the ground, a U.N. special envoy said.

Situation in Ivory Coast grows dire

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 14 (UPI) -- Fighters loyal to Ivorian leader Alassane Ouattara said they are in control over more territory in the country after driving rival forces out of a western town.

Violence continues in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 12 (UPI) -- Violence in Ivory Coast has forced more than 450,000 people to flee their homes and dogs were eating dead bodies on the streets of Abidjan, officials said.
Ivorian leader Gbagbo bans U.N. flights

Ivorian leader Gbagbo bans U.N. flights

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 11 (UPI) -- Overflights and landings of aircraft, including those belonging to the United Nations, must be authorized, a statement from an Ivory Coast leader said.

U.S. 'appalled' by Ivorian violence

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo lost the November elections and his refusal to step aside is an assault to democracy, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

Protesters killed in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 9 (UPI) -- At least four people were killed in the Ivory Coast during a march protesting the deaths of civilian demonstrators, witnesses said.
Obama releases aid to Ivory Coast

Obama releases aid to Ivory Coast

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama announced he was making $12 million available to help address unexpected and urgent humanitarian needs in Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast threatens to unravel

TOULEPLEU, Ivory Coast, March 7 (UPI) -- Rebels took over another small town in Ivory Coast Sunday, a local leader said, lending weight to fears the country could descend back into civil war.

U.N. beefing up Ivory Coast force

UNITED NATIONS, March 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations said it would reinforce its peacekeeping force in the Ivory Coast by another 2,000 soldiers.

Civil war looms in Ivory Coast

UNITED NATIONS, March 4 (UPI) -- There is a "real danger" that the political crisis in the Ivory Coast is moving to the brink of civil war, the French envoy to the United Nations said.

Six women shot dead in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 3 (UPI) -- Soldiers loyal to embattled Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo shot and killed at least six women protesters calling on him to step down, witnesses said.

U.N. apologizes to Belarus

UNITED NATIONS, March 2 (UPI) -- The United Nations apologized to Belarus Wednesday for wrongly saying it had broken an Ivory Coast arms embargo by giving attack helicopters to Laurent Gbagbo.
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Laurent Gbagbo
Laurent Gbagbo, president of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, addresses the 62nd General Assembly at the United Nations on September 26, 2007 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Laurent Koudou Gbagbo (French pronunciation: ; born 31 May 1945) served as the fourth President of Côte d'Ivoire from 2000 until his arrest in April 2011. A history teacher by profession, he is also an amateur chemist and physicist.

Gbagbo was imprisoned in the early 1970s and again in the early 1990s, and he lived in exile in France during much of the 1980s as a result of his union activism. Gbagbo founded the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) in 1982 and ran unsuccessfully for President against Félix Houphouët-Boigny at the start of multi-party politics in 1990. Eventually he won a seat in the National Assembly of Côte d'Ivoire.

Gbagbo became president after Robert Guéï, head of a military junta, barred other leading politicians from running against Gbagbo in the October 2000 presidential election. Gbagbo claimed victory after the election and his supporters took to the streets toppling Guéï. Gbagbo was then installed as President.

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