Ivory Coast: Avoiding The Next Civil War


May 26, 2011: Six weeks after the brief civil war ended, much of the country is still a mess. There are still a million internal refugees. Apparently over 3,000 died in the fighting and civil disorder. The final battles were fought mainly in the south, particularly Abidjan (the largest city in the country and home of a third of the 15 million population). The city is also largely pro-Gbagbo (who did receive 46 percent of the vote in last year's election). There was not a lot of fighting, but there was an enormous amount of looting and destruction. Thus a lot of people are out of work, as well as out of a home. Most of the victims of this economic destruction were Gbagbo supporters.

There is still fighting in the south, as many Gbagbo supporters still have their weapons, and their dislike for the northerners. Gbagbo's party, the FPI is still around, and planning to run lots of candidates in the legislative elections later this year. FPI is demanding the release of their long-time leader, Laurent Gbagbo, along with many senior FPI officials.  The country remains divided by tribal and religious differences. President Ouattara has to satisfy demands for justice from his supporters and opponents. How well this is handled will determine whether the civil war will eventually resume. Since Gbagbo was arrested in early April, media that supported him have been closed and many of his senior supporters arrested or chased into exile.

May 21, 2011: Alassane Ouattara was finally sworn in as president, after winning an election last November, and a civil war.

France announced that it will continue to station 1,100 troops in Ivory Coast. At present, these soldiers are being used as peacekeepers.


Article Archive

Ivory Coast: Current 2012 2011 2010 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close