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Côte d’Ivoire

Henri Konan Bédié

Date of Birth: 5 May 1934
Place of Birth: Dadiékro, Daoukro Department


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When the parties go to pieces

Ex-President Laurent Gbagbo's Front populaire ivoirien (FPI) has splintered and its former leader helms a new party; President Alassane Ouattara's Rassemblement des houphouëtistes pour la démocratie et la paix (RHDP) is split over the succession; and Henri Konan Bédié's Parti démocratique de Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI) is under strain as questions grow about the future of its veteran leader (AC Vol 62 No 13 Old foes re-enter the ring)...

PDCI: The old man's still got itThe only party still to keep it together is led by Côte d'Ivoire's oldest politician and arguably its least successful president Henri Konan Bédié...


Old foes re-enter the ring

His image also took a bad knock for allegedly flouting the constitution – exploiting a loophole in it at the least – by standing for a third term and both the pro-Gbagbo camp and the other 'elephant' of Ivorian politics Henri Konan Bédié 87 boycotted the polls in October (AC Vol 61 No 21 No contest poll for Ouattara)...


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Gbagbo's return poses big questions

The supporters of Gbagbo and former President Henri Konan Bédié fought parliamentary elections in March establishing an opposition presence of more than 80 of the 255 seats in the national assembly...

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Many shoes to fill

Astute political observers say that unlike former president Henri Konan Bédié's Parti démocratique de la Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI) and former president Laurent Gbagbo's Front Populaire Ivoirien it is in fact only Ouattara's party – the Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la Démocratie et la Paix (RHDP) – that has sought to look beyond the figure of the founder-president and make attempts at rejuvenation...

Out of the 255 seats up for grabs in the Assemblée nationale the party of President Alassane Ouattara's predecessor Laurent Gbagbo garnered just eight seats on its own and a further 50 in an uneasy electoral alliance with Henri Konan Bédié's Parti Démocratique de Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI AC Vol 61 No 13 An 80s classic)...


Old demons resurface

The ethnic violence was no longer confined to the west of country but had spread throughout the centre coastal areas and the east strongholds of former President – and electoral challenger –Henri Konan Bédié...


Echoes of the dark days

The opposition gathered around the unlikely figure of the 86-year-old former president Henri Konan Bédié himself deposed in Côte d'Ivoire's first coup in 1999 could do no more than announce the creation on 2 November of a Conseil national de transition (CNT – Transitional National Council) which the director of the ruling Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la Démocratie et la Paix (RHDP) Adama Bictogo instantly dismissed as 'an act of defiance against the authorities'...


Ouattara sweeps half the board

His main opponents Henri Konan Bédié and Pascal Affi N'Guessan – who boycotted the poll even though their names were on the ballot papers – are challenging the legitimacy of the president's mandate...


No contest poll for Ouattara

Affi and the Parti démocratique de la Côte d'Ivoire candidate the former President Henri Konan Bédié have decided to boycott the poll...


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