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Côte d'Ivoire

Background

Côte d'Ivoire

Close ties to France since independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment made Cote d'Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the West African states, but did not protect it from political turmoil. In December 1999, a military coup - the first ever in Cote d'Ivoire's history - overthrew the government. Junta leader Robert GUEI blatantly rigged elections held in late 2000 and declared himself the winner. Popular protest forced him to step aside and brought Laurent GBAGBO into power. Ivorian dissidents and disaffected members of the military launched a failed coup attempt in September 2002. Rebel forces claimed the northern half of the country, and in January 2003 were granted ministerial positions in a unity government under the auspices of the Linas-Marcoussis Peace Accord. President GBAGBO and rebel forces resumed implementation of the peace accord in December 2003 after a three-month stalemate, but issues that sparked the civil war, such as land reform and grounds for citizenship, remained unresolved. In March 2007 President GBAGBO and former New Force rebel leader Guillaume SORO signed the Ouagadougou Political Agreement. As a result of the agreement, SORO joined GBAGBO's government as Prime Minister and the two agreed to reunite the country by dismantling the zone of confidence separating North from South, integrate rebel forces into the national armed forces, and hold elections. Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of rebel forces have been problematic as rebels seek to enter the armed forces. Citizen identification and voter registration pose election difficulties, and balloting planned for November 2009 was postponed with no future date set. Several thousand UN troops and several hundred French remain in Cote d'Ivoire to help the parties implement their commitments and to support the peace process.

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WARNING: Due to political and violent unrest, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth office as well as the U.S. State Department advises against all travel to Côte d'Ivoire at this time.

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is a country in West Africa. It has a southerly facing North Atlantic Ocean coast, and is surrounded by Ghana to the east, Liberia to the west, Guinea to the northwest, Mali to the north, and Burkina Faso to the northeast.

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Hotel Year Built 1983 Year Remodeled 1999 Additional Property Description Overlooking the lagoon, the Pullman Abidjan is located in the business center. 209 rooms with air conditioning and free Wi Fi are available for reservation. The restaurant offers French and African cuisine, and snacks are available at the bar. 5 meeting rooms are available for seminars and can accommodate up to 300 people. Outdoor pool and free airport shuttle. more »

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Hotel Year Built 1979 Year Remodeled 2000 Additional Property Description The Novotel Abidjan is a 4 star hotel located alongside the Ebrie Lagoon right in the heart of the business district of Abidjan, which is known as the Plateau. The hotel features 201 rooms, 20 apartments, a restaurant, a bar, a business centre, seven conference rooms for meetings and seminars, a car park and an outdoor swimming pool. This 4 star hotel is equally suited to a business trip or a holiday in Abidjan. The… more »

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Côte d'Ivoire

Full name
Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
Capital
Yamoussoukro
Location

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia

Geographic coordinates

8 00 N, 5 00 W

Area comparative

slightly larger than New Mexico

Border countries

Burkina Faso 584 km, Ghana 668 km, Guinea 610 km, Liberia 716 km, Mali 532 km

Coastline

515 km

Climate

tropical along coast, semiarid in far north; three seasons - warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), hot and wet (June to October)

Terrain

mostly flat to undulating plains; mountains in northwest

Lowest point

Gulf of Guinea 0 m

Highest point

Monts Nimba 1,752 m

Natural resources

petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, manganese, iron ore, cobalt, bauxite, copper, gold, nickel, tantalum, silica sand, clay, cocoa beans, coffee, palm oil, hydropower

Population

21,058,798

Ethnic groups

Akan 42.1%, Voltaiques or Gur 17.6%, Northern Mandes 16.5%, Krous 11%, Southern Mandes 10%, other 2.8% (includes 130,000 Lebanese and 14,000 French) (1998)

Religions

Muslim 38.6%, Christian 32.8%, indigenous 11.9%, none 16.7% (2008 est.)

Languages

French (official), 60 native dialects with Dioula the most widely spoken

Government type

republic; multiparty presidential regime established 1960

Independence

7 August 1960 (from France)

National holiday

Independence Day, 7 August (1960)

Chief of state

President Alassane OUATTARA (since 4 December 2010); note - former President Laurent GBAGBO has refused to cede power

Head of government

Prime Minister Guillaume SORO (since 4 April 2007); note - on 4 December 2010, Gilbert Marie N'GBO AKE was also appointed to the position by former president GBAGBO

Internet country code

.ci

Internet users

967,300 (2009)

Airports

27 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Abidjan, Espoir, San-Pedro

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