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February 22, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Ivory Coast government has arrested seven political opponents, an opposition party reported, while university students boycotted classes and armed soldiers patrolled the campus. The clandestine Ivorian People's Front said seven of its members were arrested between Friday and Monday, apparently in connection with the distribution of leaflets urging the ouster of President Felix Houphouet-Boigny.
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November 14, 2004 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
The guttural screams of shattered young men rent the balmy midday heat outside the C.H.U. Treichville hospital where patients had to be treated in the yard Saturday because there was no room inside. To supporters of Ivory Coast's government, these young men are the heroes of the moment, wounded in clashes with French soldiers during the last week. But the care they are receiving is less than stellar.
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WORLD
November 14, 2004 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
The guttural screams of shattered young men rent the balmy midday heat outside the C.H.U. Treichville hospital where patients had to be treated in the yard Saturday because there was no room inside. To supporters of Ivory Coast's government, these young men are the heroes of the moment, wounded in clashes with French soldiers during the last week. But the care they are receiving is less than stellar.
WORLD
November 13, 2004 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
The airport is littered with camp beds and broken dreams. French people who made their lives and fortunes in this West African country are sleeping here overnight, waiting for a flight out. Outside, the airport is heavily guarded by French troops. After days of violence in which French businesses and schools were looted and destroyed by angry mobs, thousands of expatriates have packed up their belongings, but few have put away their hopes entirely.
WORLD
December 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
French forces firing tank-mounted cannons drove back rebels in Ivory Coast on Saturday, stalling the insurgents' advance toward Abidjan, the West African nation's prized commercial center. The fighting around the western city of Duekoue was among the heaviest yet for the French forces in the 3-month-old rebellion splitting this former French colony, the world's largest cocoa producer and the region's economic powerhouse.
WORLD
November 13, 2004 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
The airport is littered with camp beds and broken dreams. French people who made their lives and fortunes in this West African country are sleeping here overnight, waiting for a flight out. Outside, the airport is heavily guarded by French troops. After days of violence in which French businesses and schools were looted and destroyed by angry mobs, thousands of expatriates have packed up their belongings, but few have put away their hopes entirely.
NEWS
January 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Up to 3,000 people marched through Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, to denounce last week's coup attempt and send a warning to foreigners linked by the government to the failed plot. Armed groups briefly took over state radio and television stations in Abidjan on Monday and attacked President Laurent Gbagbo's residence before being driven off by loyal troops.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
The government Saturday refused calls by Ivory Coast's main opposition group and a special commission to postpone today's controversial legislative election, a vote that many fear will spark more violence.
NEWS
November 26, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Voters cast ballots in the country's first multi-party parliamentary election Sunday amid opposition charges of intimidation and fraud by the party that has ruled unchallenged for 30 years. Early results are expected today. Reports indicated that turnout was low as President Felix Houphouet-Boigny's ruling Democratic Party headed for an easy victory.
NEWS
September 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Security forces charged opposition party marchers, clubbing the crowd with batons and firing tear gas to break up a rally near the residence of President Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan. Several hundred demonstrators briefly sought refuge in the courtyard of the French Embassy, climbing its walls to escape police. Some of the marchers shouted for the resignation of Houphouet-Boigny, who has ruled this West African nation since its independence from France in 1960.
WORLD
November 8, 2004 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Violence in Ivory Coast's major cities subsided Sunday after the government agreed to a cease-fire and pulled back its forces, ending attacks aimed at seizing the north of the country from rebels. But the situation remained tense after mobs wielding machetes looted property, attacked French peacekeepers and searched house to house for French civilians for a second day.
WORLD
December 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
French forces firing tank-mounted cannons drove back rebels in Ivory Coast on Saturday, stalling the insurgents' advance toward Abidjan, the West African nation's prized commercial center. The fighting around the western city of Duekoue was among the heaviest yet for the French forces in the 3-month-old rebellion splitting this former French colony, the world's largest cocoa producer and the region's economic powerhouse.
NEWS
January 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Up to 3,000 people marched through Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, to denounce last week's coup attempt and send a warning to foreigners linked by the government to the failed plot. Armed groups briefly took over state radio and television stations in Abidjan on Monday and attacked President Laurent Gbagbo's residence before being driven off by loyal troops.
NEWS
January 9, 2001 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A failed coup in Ivory Coast that followed more than a year of turmoil further diminished hopes Monday that the country could regain its reputation as a bastion of peace and stability in West Africa. Mutinous soldiers seized state broadcast facilities overnight and called on supporters to join their attempt to grab power from an administration that has been in office less than three months. By noon Monday, Ivorian government officials reported that loyalist forces had quashed the coup attempt.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
The government Saturday refused calls by Ivory Coast's main opposition group and a special commission to postpone today's controversial legislative election, a vote that many fear will spark more violence.
NEWS
October 22, 2000 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters in this West African nation head to the polls today in a presidential election that was initially slated to bring a swift and relatively smooth transition to democracy and civilian rule. But analysts say the chances of a free and fair vote that would restore this country's past reputation as a bastion of peace and stability seem bleak. Ivorian military leader Gen. Robert Guei, who took control during a December coup, has molded the political playing field to ensure his victory.
NEWS
October 25, 1990 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It could have been the face of a presidential candidate anywhere. Laurent Gbagbo sat with a frozen smile, equal parts boredom and fatigue, listening to a speech on a day when he had heard a half dozen already. Before sundown he would have just as many more to hear and a few yet to deliver himself. But this was no normal campaign whistle-stop.
NEWS
September 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
African leaders visiting Abidjan to mediate in Ivory Coast's political crisis have recommended that parliamentary elections be delayed by two months and a presidential vote by four, Ivorian party officials said. A delegation of seven heads of state told Ivorian army ruler Gen. Robert Guei and the main political parties that more time was needed to defuse political tensions that threaten to derail the return to civilian rule.
NEWS
July 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
In a landslide vote, Ivory Coast residents approved a new constitution billed as a first step to return the West African nation to civilian rule, according to final results Tuesday. But opponents of the referendum that took place Sunday and Monday worried that the new charter will legally enshrine growing anti-foreigner sentiment and ethnic tensions. Final returns showed 86.5% backing the constitution, Interior Ministry official Fidel Yapi said.
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