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 clearing� the 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 as� tte 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.