French troops bring calm to Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- French soldiers have begun peace-keeping duties in northern Ivory Coast, Radio Free Europe reported Wednesday.

19 die in Ivory Coast attacks

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Armed men attacked military police near the Ivory Coast's national television station in Abijdan, leaving at least 19 people dead, the BBC reported Friday.

Ivory Coast protests French troop presence

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast security forces fired tear gas at surging crowds of thousands outside a French military base, Business Day reported Saturday.

Ivorians throw rocks at French troops

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- French troops reportedly fired tear gas and stun grenades Monday when about 200 government supporters threw stones at them at an Ivory Coast military base.

Burkina Faso, Cote d' Ivoire talk peace

BOBO DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The president of the Ivory Coast returned home Wednesday from a quick trip to Burkina Faso for urgent peace talks with that country's president.

U.N.: Ivory Coast peace effort faltering

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report to the Security Council Monday the Ivory Coast peace process has encountered serious difficulties.

ECOWAS to intervene in Ivory Coast war

ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- West African leaders said Monday they are planning to intervene to rescue the faltering Ivory Coast peace process.

Ivory Coast assassination plot uncovered

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The Ivory Coast said Tuesday 11 people have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to assassinate political, administrative and military figures.

Ivory Coast peace deal now in doubt

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast's former rebels reportedly are suspending their participation in a power-sharing government formed to end the nation's civil war.

Arrests in alleged Ivory Coast coup plot

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Some 30 people have been arrested in an alleged coup plot in the Ivory Coast, including a top police official and military officers, a U.N. agency reports.

Officials declare end to Ivorian war

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 4 (UPI) -- In Ivory Coast the army and rebels have signed a declaration formally ending a war that began last September.
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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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