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Côte d’Ivoire

Laurent Gbagbo

Date of Birth: 31 May 1945
Place of Birth: Mama village, near Gagnoa


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Two suitors for the FPI

The other, larger faction, led by Aboudramane Sangaré, remains loyal to ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, currently on trial at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity...


Move over, grandad

There is the coalition Ensemble pour la démocratie et la souveraineté (EDS), consisting of faithful disciples of former President Laurent Gbagbo, but it is weak...


Jockeying for position

The Front Populaire Ivoirien, split down the middle and recovering from a bruising defeat in the last legislative elections, has yet to find its feet and may find itself overtaken by Liberté et Démocratie pour la République (LIDER), a more radical voice led by Mamadou Koulibaly, who was Speaker of Parliament during most of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo's presidency (AC Vol 56 No 22, Ouattara walks it)...


On Ouattara's terms

Supporters of his predecessor as President, Laurent Gbagbo, on the other hand, saw it as a clever ploy to take the top job in the governing Rassemblement des houphouëtistes pour la démocratie et la paix (RHDP), which is principally an alliance between the RDR and its junior partner, the former ruling party the Parti démocratique de Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI)...

Pro-Laurent Gbagbo sources were adamant that it was to keep their hero in The Hague: Ouattara could have been discussing the series of recent armed attacks against police stations in which two of Gbagbo's closest collaborators, Stéphane Kipré and Damana Pickass, have been accused of involvement, and would argue that Gbagbo was behind them...


Warning shots from the army

There is less counterbalance from the centre of the country, the traditional power hub; the west, former President Laurent Gbagbo's stronghold; and the economic capital, Abidjan...

Others deserted from ex-President Laurent Gbagbo's Forces de défense et de sécurité and joined the Forces nouvelles rebels of Guillaume Soro, now Speaker of Parliament, who controlled the north and then carved it up among some ten military warlords, the 'com-zones'...


Ouattara shores up legacy

Warlords who were crucial to ADO's victory over his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, still hold important state positions...


Parties to many disputes 

Other clouds include his treatment of Ex-President Laurent Gbagbo's son Michel Gbagbo and another looming legal problem connected to the executions in 2002 of 60 gendarmes in Bouaké, which was under his control at the time...


Terror on the beach

Media supporters of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo tried to show that the presence of dozos proved security was illusory and claimed the country now offered free entry to jihadists...


ADO looks ahead

Meanwhile, the previously ruling Front populaire ivoirien (FPI) will either have to reinvent itself or find ways to mend fences between its two factions, one behind ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, another following the official leader, Pascal Affi N'Guessan...


Soro has phone trouble

Soro's people insist the tapes are fake but those who leaked them, journalists close to ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, insist they aren't...

Soro may have glimpsed an omen of things to come while he was in Paris for COP21, when French magistrate Sabine Khéris on 5 December issued an arrest warrant for him for an alleged kidnapping of Laurent Gbagbo's son Michel Gbagbo...


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