Côte d'Ivoire Unrest 2011

Bombardment in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, April 4, 2011. Screenshot from YouTube video uploaded by MLDoss1.

Bombardment in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, April 4, 2011. Screenshot from YouTube video uploaded by MLDoss1.

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Following the November 2010 presidential election, the West African nation of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) experienced a drawn out governance crisis after the two opposing leaders, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, both claimed victory. Protests and all-out violence marked the period from the initial standoff, as neither Gbagbo or Ouattara showed signs of backing down.

Côte d'Ivoire's gained independence from France in 1960 and was ruled by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny until he died in 1993. The country has hovered between fragile peace and open conflict ever since. Presidential elections held in 2000 were marred by violence and allegations of corruption; a military coup was staged against President Gbagbo in 2002; and an armed conflict between the government and rebel groups of Forces Nouvelles was stilled only by a peace treaty in 2007. It took four more years for presidential elections to be held, only for the latest “two presidents” dispute to emerge.

After months of conflict, Ouattara's troops eventually overran the country and stormed the presidential palace and captured Gbagbo with the help of French troops in April 2011.

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08 Nov – Côte d'Ivoire: When Will the Universities Reopen?
11 Sep – Cote d'Ivoire: Ending the Culture of Corruption
04 May – Côte d'Ivoire: New Videos Detail Capture of Former President
14 Apr – Côte d'Ivoire: Brutality Continues After Gbagbo's Capture
12 Apr – Côte d'Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo's Fall
07 Apr – Côte d'Ivoire: Gbagbo Resists, Africans Protest
05 Apr – Côte d'Ivoire: Is Foreign Intervention Legal?
04 Apr – Côte d'Ivoire: Humanitarian Aid Via Twitter Hashtag
02 Apr – Côte d'Ivoire: Who is in Control of RTI State Television?
01 Apr – Côte d'Ivoire: Abidjan in the Waning Hours of Gbagbo's Regime
29 Mar – Côte d'Ivoire: Where is Gbagbo's General, Philippe Magou?
22 Mar – Côte d'Ivoire: After Failed Mediation, Is the Worst Yet to Come?
18 Mar – Côte d'Ivoire: Gbagbo Rulings Ridiculed on Twitter
17 Mar – Côte d'Ivoire: When Ethnic Hate Shadows Politics
10 Mar – Côte d'Ivoire: Fear of Medicine Shortage Looms
08 Mar – Côte d'Ivoire: A Solution to the Post-Electoral Crisis?
04 Mar – Côte d'Ivoire: Who Killed the Seven Women Protestors? (Videos)
04 Mar – Cote d'Ivoire: Can The Calls for Peace be Heard?
04 Mar – Côte d'Ivoire: Facebook and Twitter, Messengers of Death
27 Feb – Côte d’Ivoire: Twitter Campaign for Anderson Cooper’s Attention
25 Feb – Côte d'Ivoire: The Difficult Legacy of Houphouët-Boigny (political background)
23 Feb – Côte d'Ivoire: Violent Repression of Street Protests
01 Feb – Côte d’Ivoire: About Gbagbo's Pan-Africanism
11 Jan – Côte d'Ivoire: the Quest for Normalcy and the Colonial Conundrum
07 Jan – Côte d'Ivoire: Torture Scenes in the Most Populated Prison


20 Dec – Côte d'Ivoire: Ivorian Internet Users Fear a New Era of Terror in Abidjan
18 Dec – Côte d'Ivoire: Lessons for Africa
15 Dec – Côte d'Ivoire: Citizens Marching towards another “Orange Revolution”?
11 Dec – Côte d'Ivoire: Anger and Sarcasm in Citizen Media after the Elections
07 Dec – Côte d'Ivoire: Ghanaian Bloggers React to Political Unrest
01 Nov – Côte d'Ivoire: Presidential Election in Pictures


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Images of Ivorian refugees fleeing election violence, by photojournalist Glenna Gordon (commissioned by UNHCR), see more at www.glennagordon.com

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