Comprehensive and unique information with professional analysis of the Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire): Ivorian politics, government and history, economic, social, military, and national security systems and institutions, population, geography, and much more - written by the experts at the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. This Country Study and Country Profile is an exceptional review of the Ivory Coast and its history.
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Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is a developing country on the western coast of Africa. The official capital is Yamoussoukro, but Abidjan is the largest city, the main commercial center, and the location of the Ivorian government and the U.S. Embassy. Cote d’Ivoire is a republic whose constitution provides for separate branches of government under a strong president.
The country has experienced continued, periodic episodes of political unrest and violence since 2002, when a failed coup attempt evolved into an armed rebellion that split the country in two. Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and New Forces leader Guillaume Soro signed the Ouagadougou Political Agreement (OPA) in March 2007, and a new government was formed with Soro as Prime Minister. Implementing the accord has been slow and although the political situation has improved, it still has not returned to normal.
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