U.N. bracing for local Ivorian elections

UNITED NATIONS, April 5 (UPI) -- Security is a primary concern for Ivorians preparing for local elections this month, the head of the peacekeeping mission said.

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.

Ivorian, Liberian peacekeepers on alert

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 26 (UPI) -- The United Nations said it was reinforcing its patrols in Ivory Coast and in neighboring Liberia in response to attacks from rebel forces.

U.N.: Reconciliation key for Ivory Coast

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 20 (UPI) -- Leaders in Ivory Coast need to do more to encourage political reconciliation more than two years after civil conflict, a U.N. expert said from Switzerland.

ICC to decide ex-President Gbagbo's fate

HAGUE, Netherlands, March 1 (UPI) -- Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo told the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands he's innocent of charges that could be filed against him.

Amnesty: Justice imbalanced in Ivory Coast

LONDON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Amnesty International said it was concerned about the "cycle of abuse and impunity" in Ivory Coast as national forces go after former regime backers.

The almanac

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

Ivory Coast ratifies Rome Statute

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The French government welcomed a recent decision by former colony Ivory Coast to ratify the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court.

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.

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo appears in court

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo tried to stay in power "by any means, including lethal force," the ICC's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

ICC case against Gbagbo moves forward

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A confirmation of charges hearing for former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo at the ICC brings victims one step closer to justice, said Human Rights Watch.

U.S. emergency extended for Ivory Coast

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast presents a threat to U.S. security interests despite progress made since political violence erupted in 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

Don't let Ivory Coast backslide, U.N. says

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Economic and political success in Ivory Coast is critical for a region steeped in destabilizing conflict, the U.N. special envoy to the country said.

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.
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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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