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Henri Konan Bédié
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Henri Konan Bédié

Ivorian politician and former President of Côte d'Ivoire (1993-1999).

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Henri Konan  Bédié is the former president of Côte d'Ivoire . He succeeded Félix Houphouët-Boigny after the president's death in Decemeber 1993.

Bédié's political career began in 1960. Following the independence of Côte d'Ivoire , he served as the first ambassador to the United States and Canada.

When he returned to Ivory Coast, he served as the Minister of Economy and Finance. He also served as the Chairman to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank's joint Development Committee from 1974 to 1976. He  later was appointed as the Special Advisor to the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (1978-1980).

In 1980, Bédié was appointed to the National Assembly of Côte d'Ivoire . He was later elected as President of the National Assembly and served in this position in 1980, 1985 and 1990.

Bédié was overthrown from presidency by a military coup in 1999. He fled to Togo and later moved to France. Upon his return to Côte d'Ivoire in October 2001 he was gained party leadership of the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire- African Democratic Rally (PDCI-RDA) Congress.

Bédié is currently a candidate in the 2010 Côte d'Ivoire presidental elections. The elections are set to take place on Oct.31st.

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Author: lucy.koneh
Sat Oct 30 15:34:15 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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