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Alassane Ouattara
Alassane Ouattara

Cote d'Ivoire

Alassane Dramane Ouattara is the President of Cote d'Ivoire.

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Created: 11th Aug 2010
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Alassane Ouattara
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Place of Origin: Cote d'Ivoire

Alassane Ouattara is an Ivorian politican. Outtara has been named the new chairman of the Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS) on February, 18, 2012.

Ouattara recieved his M.A. and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania . He completed his undergraduate studies at Drexel Institute of Technology.

As a trained economist, Ouattara joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1968. In 1973, he was appointed as the Chargé de Mission to Paris for the Central bank of Western African States (BCEAO). He served there from 1973 to 1975. At BCEAO, he also held the positions of Special Advisor to the Governor and Director of Research. In 1984, when he was appointed as Director of the African Department. He later also served as Cousellor to the Managing Director in May 1987.

In 1990, Ouattara left IMF to  begin his political career in Ivory Coast. He was appointed the Prime Minister of Ivory Coast in November 1990. Ouattara briefly carried out presidential duties for Felix Houphouët-Boigny when he was ill. Following the death of Houphouët-Boigny , Ouattara resigned from his post as PM.

Ouattara returned  to IMF in 1994 to serve as the Deputy Managing Director. He was in this position until 1999.

In 1999, Ouattara returned to Ivory Coast. He was elected as the President of the Rally of the Republicans in August 1999.

Ouattara is currently a presidental candidate in Ivory Coast's 2010 elections. The elections are set to take place on Oct. 31st.

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Sat Oct 30 15:34:18 2010

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Author: cid1007
Fri Oct 29 11:46:42 2010

I am Ivorian born in Ivory Coast and I lived there for about 30 years of my life. And when I was leaving for Europe in 2000, I met a Nigerian Igbo man who became my best friend. I met him there in Abidjan 3 years before I left. In PortBouet where I was living, I can say 60% of the population is composed of foreigners. And there has never been a xenophobic behaviour as I recall towards them. Ivory coast's population is 26% foreigners, and this is the highest percentage I have ever known of any country's… [Read Full Text]

Author: deltashero
Mon Nov 8 14:38:26 2010

I totally agree with the previous writer that not every Ivorian is xenophobic; there is quite a good number of them who actually sheltered foreigners during that crisis.

Ivory Coast like South Africa, have had some elements of their societies that always fuel xenophobic riots for their own benefits, but ,we as outsiders or writers must never allude to a whole nation as being anti-alien.

This is not wise, and therefore, have to be careful how we name others !

The Sheriff

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