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Encyclopedia > Laurent Gbagbo

Laurent Koudou Gbagbo (born May 31, 1945) is the president of Côte d'Ivoire (since 2000). Image File history File links LaurentGbagbo2003. ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (152nd in leap years), with 214 days remaining. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

From Gagnoa, he was professor of history at the University of Cocody-Abidjan, and later dean of the faculty of Languages and Cultures. He founded the Ivorian Popular Front (Front Populaire Ivoirien, or FPI) in 1982, but went into exile in France in 1985. He returned in 1988. Gagnoa is a city in Côte dIvoire (Ivory Coast). ... For other senses of this word, see history (disambiguation). ... The Ivorian Popular Front (French: Front Populaire Ivoirien), known by its French initials FPI, is a political party in Côte dIvoire. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Gbagbo ran in the presidential election of 1990, but received only 11% of the vote against the country's veteran leader, Félix Houphouët-Boigny. He later became minister of education as a member of the FPI. He ran for president against the military ruler Robert Guéï in the elections of October 22, 2000; when Guéï claimed victory, a popular revolt in favor of Gbagbo (who claimed he had actually won with 59.4% of the vote) broke out in the capital, Abidjan. Guéï was forced to flee, and Gbagbo became president on October 26. This article is about the year. ... Félix Houphouët-Boigny (fālÄ“ks´ oofwā´-bwä´nye) (October 18, 1905 - December 7, 1993) was the first President of Côte dIvoire (1960 - 1993). ... Robert Guéï (March 16, 1941 - September 19, 2002) was the military ruler of the Côte dIvoire from December 24, 1999 to October 26, 2000. ... October 22 is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 70 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Abidjan is the largest city and former capital of Côte dIvoire. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ...

On September 19, 2002, rebellious soldiers attempted to seize the cities of Abidjan, Bouaké, and Korhogo. They failed to take Abijdan, but were successful in the other two, respectively in the center and north of the country. The situation quickly developed into a civil war between a government-held south and a rebel-held north, but after several months of fighting a peace agreement was reached and French peacekeepers arrived to patrol a cease-fire line. According to the terms of the agreement, Gbagbo would remain in office (the rebels had previously demanded his resignation), but a new unity government would be formed under a "neutral" prime minister, including the FPI, the civilian opposition and representatives of the rebel groups. The agreement has been opposed by many of the president's supporters, who believe too many concessions are being granted to the rebels and that the French are supporting the rebels' political objectives. September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... Bouaké is the second largest city in Côte dIvoire, and its economy is based on the cotton industry. ... Korhogo is a town and administrative district in the mountainous north-central region of Côte dIvoire. ...

Early in November 2004, after the peace agreement had effectively collapsed following the rebels' refusal to disarm, Gbagbo ordered airstrikes against the rebels. During one of these airstrikes in Bouaké, French soldiers were hit and nine of them were killed; the Ivorian government has said it was a mistake, but the French have claimed it was deliberate. They responded by destroying most Ivoirian military aircraft, and violent retaliatory riots against the French broke out in Abidjan. November 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: November 2004 in sports November 2004 in science Events Deaths in November • 30 Pierre Berton • 29 John Drew Barrymore • 26 Bill Alley • 24 Arthur Hailey • 23 Rafael Eitan • 18 Bobby Frank Cherry • 16 John...

Laurent Gbagbo is married to Simone Gbagbo.

See also: Politics of Côte d'Ivoire, Civil war in Côte d'Ivoire Côte dIvoire is a republic, with a multiparty presidential regime established in 1960. ... Armed insurgents French troops try to separate the belligerents. ...

Preceded by:
Robert Guéï
President of Côte d'Ivoire
Succeeded by:

  Results from FactBites:
BBC NEWS | Africa | Profile: Laurent Gbagbo (692 words)
Laurent Gbagbo was originally associated with the political left, but analysts say that since the 1980s he has taken a strongly nationalist stance.
Laurent Gbagbo was born in a Catholic family near Gagnoa, in the centre-west of the country, nearly 58 years ago.
Laurent Gbagbo has a reputation for being short-tempered, in particular against "arrogant" journalists, but he is also known for his contagious laughs and vigorous handshakes.
USAfricaonline Democracy Watch (718 words)
Gbagbo, a fifty-five year old history professor-turned-politician, and leader of the Ivorian Popular Front party, was the centre of attention at the investiture ceremony held at the presidential palace in Abidjan, which -- less than twenty-four hours earlier -- had been under siege by angry protestors marching in defiance of the military regime.
Gbagbo (left in the pix) thanked his fellow Ivorians for voting for him and standing by him, and for what he called their courage, when they took to the streets in their thousands on Tuesday and Wednesday to protest against General Robert Guei, who was swept from power in a popular and spontaneous uprising.
Gbagbo indicated that he would also be talking to the Rally of the Republicans (RDR), the party led by Alassane Ouattara, a former prime minister, who was disqualified from Sunday?s presidential election and has challenged the validity of the poll.
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