November 8, 2004 |
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.
December 22, 2002 |
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.
January 14, 2001 |
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.
January 9, 2001 |
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.
December 10, 2000 |
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.
October 22, 2000 |
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.