Chronography of Cote D�Ivoire

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1/2019, Ex-President Laurent Gbagbo was acquitted at The Hague of charges relating to violence after the 2010 election. In 8/2018 Simone Gbagbo, wife of Laurent, had been amnestied by President Ouattara in a move of reconciliation.

9/2017, The chocolate industry was accused of causing environmental destruction on Cote D�Ivoire by clearingthe rainforest, harming wildlife.

1/2017,PresidentOuattara faced unrest in the army and police over low pay and unpaid bonuses.

3/2016, Al Quaeda attack on holidaymakers at Grand Bassam resort, killing 18.

12/2011, Electtions were won by President Ouattara; Gbagbo�s supporters boycotted the vote.

11 April 2011, Laurent Gbagbo, former President of the Cote D�Ivoire, was captured. He faced charges at The Hague of crimes against humanity, for massacring political opponents.

12/2010, Mr Ouaattara was declared the winner of Presidential elections. Howevet Gbagbo disputed this result, and in ensuing violence some 3,000 people were killed.

4/2008, Rising food prices caused riots. Gbagbo suspended import duties on food.

10/2005, Gbagbo suspended elections and retained power.

5/2005, Violence in the western town of Duekoue.

9 November 2004, In retaliation for the incident of 6 November 2004, the French Government ordered its forces to destroy the entire Cote D�Ivoire air force. There were anti-French riots on the streets of the capital Abidjan.

6 November 2004, 9 French peacekeepers were killed when the Cote D�Ivoire air force again bombed the rebel-held stronghold of Bouake. A 4,000-strong French force was policing the peace deal agreed between the Government and rebels in January 2003. See 9 November 2004.

5 November 2004, In Cote D�Ivoire, Government forces bombed the rebel-held towns of Baoulifla and Seguela in the west and Bonguera in the east.

4 November 2004, Rebel-held Bouake, Cote d�Ivoire, was bombed by Government aircraft.

28 October 2004, Rebel forces in Cote D�Ivoire pulled out of the peace process after illicit guns in their zone were seized.

15 October 2004, Rebel forces in Cote D�Ivoire refused to disarm until the peace plan was underway.

5/2004, The rebels withdtrew all recognition of Gbagbo�s authority.

3/2004, Opposition rally against Gbagbo; violence erupted. 100 people were killed during three days of fighting between rebels and the army.

2/2004, The United Nations agreed to send a peacekeeping mission to Cote D�Ivoire, starting in April 2004.

30 October 2003, Peace talks began in Cote D�Ivoire.

17 October 2003, Ceasefire in the Cote D�Ivoire civil war.

23 September 2003,) Rebel forces in Cote D�Ivoire withdrew from the Government of National Unity.

1/2003, Seydou Diarra was named Prime Minister after a peace deal brokered in Paris, in which Laurent Gbagbo agreed to share power with rivals. However riots ensued in Abijan and the country was divided into a rebel-held north and west, and the south held by the army.

19 September 2002, Mutiny by the military, protesting against forced disbandment, became full-scale civil war, with the Ivory Coast Patriotic Movement taking control of the north of Cote D�Ivoire. In early 2003 a new concensus Government was formed, including some rebel members. See 17 October 2002.

24 October 2000, Laurent Gbagbo won Presidential elections in Cote D�Ivoire. On 26 October 2000 Robert Guei who had claimed victory had to flee the country, in the face of a popular uprising against him.

Start of Gbago administration


23 December 1999, President Bedie was overthrown by the military, and General Robert Guei took power/

5/1995, Cote D�Ivoire split along religious-ethnic lines astte Muslim Alassane Ouattara challenged Bedie for the post of President.

7 December 1993, Felix Houphouet Boigny, President of Cote d�Ivoire, died. Henri Konan Bedie became President.

1990, In democratic elections, Houphouet Boigny defeated Laurent Gbagbo for the post of President.

1970, Oil production began.

7/8/1960. Ivory Coast became independent from France. President Felix Houphouet Boigny became President,a post he held untio his death in 1993.

1910, Rebellion by the southern Abe people was harshly suppressed.

10 January 1889. France declared a protectorate over the Ivory Coast.

10 May 1893, France formally declared the Ivory Coast to be a colony.

1842, France gained trading rights on the Cote D�Ivoire coast. It later imposed a protectorate over the coastal zone.

1700, France established a factory at Grand Bassam, which operated until 1707.

1600s, Europeans began slave-trading along the coast.

1300s, Mandinka settlement began in the region.


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