Voter turnout was low in Ivory Coast parliamentary elections Sunday, more than a year after a conflict over presidential polls led to widespread violence in the West African nation.
President Alassane Ouattara opened negotiations Thursday with a coalition of opposition parties to try to convince supporters of the country's former president not to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections.
Twelve members of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo's inner circle have been indicted for crimes relating to the post-electoral crisis that left over 3,000 dead.
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara responds to allegations that Laurent Gbagbo supporters are still being targeted.
Ivory Coast's new president plans to make national harmony his top priority as he tries to pull his crisis-ridden country together after many months of political turbulence and what one just-released report calls a now-prevailing "climate of fear."
The Ivorian government announced the creation Thursday of a national investigation commission on the crimes perpetrated during the post-election crisis amid mounting pressure fom human rights organizations and the United Nations.
More than 300,000 people are still displaced from their homes in Ivory Coast two months after a political crisis was settled in the West African nation, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday.
President Alassane Ouattara got his cabinet Wednesday, after a six-month post-electoral crisis that claimed hundreds of lives.
A journalist who openly supported the Ivorian Popular Front of former President Laurent Gbagbo has been killed in a suburb of Abidjan, Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday.
Alassane Ouattara was inaugurated Saturday as president of troubled Ivory Coast in a ceremony that marked a symbolic end to months of political turmoil.
After months of uncertainty and bloodshed in Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara will take the reins of his troubled nation Saturday with the global spotlight cast upon him.
The president of the Ivory Coast is urging the International Criminal Court to investigate major crimes committed in his country after a disputed November election sparked a political standoff that left hundreds dead.
As current events in Ivory Coast highlight, elections are hardly the knock-out cure for countries dealing with deep social divisions and long histories of armed conflict. They just as often produce the sort of violent confrontation currently ensuing between the forces of deposed Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo and newly elected president, Alassane Ouattara. In such situations, international responses have also typically made things worse.
Forensic experts have unearthed about 68 bodies from another cluster of mass graves in war-torn Ivory Coast, a United Nations spokeswoman said Monday.
Alassane Ouattara was sworn in Friday as president of Ivory Coast, ending a months-long political standoff.
Heavy fighting continued Tuesday in Yopougon between forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara and militiamen loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo even as he was said to have accepted his loss of power.
Forces loyal to newly installed President Alassane Ouattara have killed a warlord who helped Ouattara win office, a defense ministry spokesman said Thursday.
The capture of Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to concede the presidency of the Ivory Coast to challenger Alassane Ouattara despite his internationally recognized election loss nearly five months ago, is being accompanied by calls for him and his associates to face justice. But it is unclear what form this justice will take.
The U.S. Embassy consular section in Abidjan may reopen Monday, but it initially will provide limited services, according to the State Department.
The former leader of Ivory Coast may have to face international charges for alleged crimes committed during his time in office, President Alassane Ouattara announced Wednesday, as he outlined his plans to bring peace and security to his nation.
Alassane Ouattara aspired to be president of Ivory Coast for decades. Now, after four long months of post-election turmoil and the capture of his political rival, the job is indisputably his.
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara calls on fighters loyal to Laurent Gbagbo to lay down their arms.
The European Union announced a recovery package of 180 million euros for the Ivory Coast on Tuesday as residents of the African nation attempted to adjust to life with a clear leader and relative stability after months of bloodshed.
CNN's Dan Rivers reports that the presidential tug-of-war in Ivory Coast appears to have come to a conclusion.
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara called for calm Monday after forces stormed the president's residence and arrested Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to accept the results of a presidential election last year plunged the West African nation into civil war.
The west African country of Ivory Coast - also known as Cote d'Ivoire -- has been rocked by civil conflict as forces loyal to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara seek to oust incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo after a disputed presidential election last November. Most of the international community recognize Ouattara's victory and are urging Gbagbo to go.
CNN's Becky Anderson speaks to the Red Cross about the humanitarian crisis in the Ivory Coast.
The man recognized by the international community to be Ivory Coast's rightful president is no stranger to the frustrations of winning his country's top job.
The border between the Ivory Coast and Ghana is closed as two politicians battle for control. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.
Defiant as ever, Laurent Gbagbo remained hunkered down Thursday in the basement of his Abidjan residence, as a stern warning came from the United Nations that he should seize his last chance for a graceful exit.
Forces loyal to Ivory Coast's elected President Alassane Ouattara stormed the residence of his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, on Wednesday, an Ouattara spokeswoman said, potentially heralding the end of a bloody conflict in the West African country.
A Red Cross team says more than 800 have been killed in one town. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.
U.N. Special Envoy to the Ivory Coast tells CNN that combat is over and terms of Gbagbo's surrender are being finalized.
After days of heavy fighting, forces loyal to Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo laid down their arms Tuesday, and the self-declared president was negotiating the terms of his surrender, his foreign minister said.
Forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara have surrounded the residence of rival Laurent Gbagbo, a spokesman for Ouattara told CNN Monday night.
Sensing an imminent victory, the government recognized by the international community as the rightful ruler of blood-soaked Ivory Coast said Saturday the other side has committed atrocities, is losing its top generals to defections and is looking for "cannon fodder" for its last stand.
Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara took control of state-run television and attacked the residence of Laurent Gbagbo on Friday as Ivory Coast's bloody, four-month battle for political power appeared to enter its final stages .
Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized president of Ivory Coast, attacked the residence of disputed incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and took control of state-run TV early Friday morning, a spokesman for Ouattara told CNN.
As the world's attention is focused on the conflict in Libya, another African country -- the Ivory Coast on Africa's west coast -- may be sliding toward another bloody civil war, according to observers who keep a close eye on warring factions there.
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to impose sanctions on disputed Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and three associates, as well as give U.N. peacekeepers more authority to protect civilians.
The internationally recognized president of Ivory Coast said he rejects the latest African Union envoy selected to help resolve the nation's tense political standoff.
In cities across the world, women marked the centennial International Women's Day. In Ivory Coast, the day took on poignancy for women who dared to take to blood-stained streets where seven of their own were shot down a few days before.
The U.N. mission in Ivory Coast reaffirmed its neutrality Tuesday despite a brewing conflict between government troops and a rebel movement that backs the internationally recognized winner of last year's election.
The African Union chief flew to Ivory Coast on Saturday to make another attempt to resolve the crisis there amid a slaughter of women protesters blamed on self-proclaimed President Laurent Gbagbo.
Fears grow that Ivory Coast is heading toward civil war. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.
The broadcast antennae for Ivory Coast's state news agency was targeted Saturday night by youths loyal to President-elect Alassane Ouattara, according to his representative to South Africa.
Eight newspapers halted operations in Ivory Coast to protest threats and hefty fines by officials supporting the nation's disputed president, press freedom groups said.
Hundreds of people fled a pro-Alassane Ouattara neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where forces loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbabgbo have been fighting an armed Ouattara supporters for the past week.
Ivory Coast security forces loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo used tear gas and fired into the air to disperse supporters of Alassane Ouattara, authorities said Saturday.
France said Saturday it would not recognize the decision by Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo to cancel the diplomatic accreditation of French Ambassador Jean-Marc Simon.
The president of Botswana has invited the internationally recognized president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, for an official state visit, the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Botswana announced Wednesday.
A meeting between Ivory Coast's self-declared president Laurent Gbagbo and African leaders ends with no declaration.
More bloodshed is expected between self-declared President Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara.
Violence in Ivory Coast was ongoing amid a tense political standoff Wednesday, after at least five police officers were killed and three U.N. peacekeepers were wounded in an Abidjan neighborhood, and three other police officers were killed in clashes with protesters, officials said.
Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara explains what strategies are in place if Laurent Gbagbo won't step aside.
At least five people were killed Tuesday in clashes between police and supporters of Ivory Coast's president-elect as a tense political standoff continued Tuesday in the West African nation.
Ivory Coast's president-elect is willing to add supporters of self-proclaimed president Laurent Gbagbo to his cabinet, provided the defiant incumbent steps down, the West African nation's ambassador to the United Nations said Monday.
African regional authorities are prepared to remove from office self-proclaimed President Laurent Gbagbo, who election observers say lost last November's presidential runoff but has refused to step down, Ivory Coast's President-elect Alassane Ouattara said Thursday.
Does this sound familiar? An election in Ivory Coast meant to unite a divided country instead ignites pre-existing tensions, leading to rampant human rights abuses.
Ivory Coast's diplomatic squabble centered Wednesday on a siege laid to a posh waterfront hotel where the president-elect has been holed up under the protection of United Nations peacekeepers.
The government of self-proclaimed President Laurent Gbagbo anounced Tuesday that a supporter of Alassane Ouattara was killed during a pre-dawn raid in Abidjan.
A new year opened with intransigence in a divided Ivory Coast, as two political rivals ignored threats and deadlines Saturday for one another to step down.
CNN's Nkepile Mabuse look at the ECOWAS delegation's overall strategy for the Ivory Coast and its impact on the region.
The three leaders representing a West African bloc will return to Ivory Coast next Monday to again try to defuse an escalating political crisis sparked by self-declared President Lauren Gbagbo's refusal to cede power.
A three-man West African delegation won't return to Ivory Coast until Monday, when it will ask self-declared President Laurent Gbagbo to relinquish his post or face a military ouster, a representative of the group said Friday.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, distressed over a call to attack the hotel where Ivory Coast's president-elect and U.N. security forces are based, said Thursday that the forces are "authorized to use all necessary means to protect its personnel" and any others at the location.
Edwige Tonete rarely steps out of her house in Abidjan these days. Something bad is looming in her beloved Ivory Coast.
Three African presidents met with their defiant counterpart in Ivory Coast Tuesday in an effort to defuse the country's political crisis.
Ivorians appeared Monday to be ignoring the call for a general strike by the man widely recognized as the Ivory Coast's legitimate leader following last month's presidential run-off election.
Fourteen African nations are threatening to force Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo to resign.
The disputed head of the Ivory Coast will not step down, one of his key ministers said Saturday, despite the threat by West African leaders to use military force to force him out.
At an emergency meeting Friday, West African leaders warned they will not hesitate to use "legitimate force" if necessary to defuse an escalating crisis in Ivory Coast sparked by incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to cede power.
The ruling Ivory Coast government remained defiant Thursday, insisting that incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo should stay in power and that his supporters have acted justly despite a global outcry.
The tug-of-war between the two men who claim the presidency of the Ivory Coast intensified Wednesday.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the situation in the Ivory Coast is increasingly volatile and the country risks a return to civil war.
A political standoff has forced nearly 4,000 citizens of northwest Ivory Coast to flee to neighboring countries, prompting fears of regional insecurity, according to the United Nations.
CNN's Jim Clancy interviews a senior adviser to incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo about the unrest there.
Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on Saturday ordered all U.N. peacekeeping forces out of the country a day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called on the disputed re-election winner to step down.
The U.S. is prepared to impose "targeted sanctions" on Ivory Coast's incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, the State Department said Friday.
At least nine unarmed protesters in Ivory Coast's largest city were shot and killed by security forces Thursday, eyewitnesses told Amnesty International.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the "political stalemate" in the Ivory Coast could lead to fighting, and he repeated his call for the incumbent to leave office after losing the presidential runoff election last month.
Government troops backing Ivory Coast's President Laurent Gbagbo clashed with ex-rebels supporting the internationally recognized winner of last month's presidential vote Monday, as the European Union announced "targeted measures" aimed at Gbagbo's rule.
The head of a West African group of nations rejects the idea of power-sharing talks in the aftermath of the disputed Ivory Coast election, its president said Saturday.
Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, whose claim to office is in dispute following last month's national election, on Saturday accused Western officials of destabilizing his government by lobbying military leaders and state media to back his rival, Alassane Ouattara.
Facing increasing international criticism and the threat of sanctions, incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast said he would "sit down and talk" with his challenger in last month's presidential election.
The African Union has suspended the Ivory Coast from the organization amid the country's political chaos following a November runoff election, it said in a statement.
Ralitsa Vassileva reports on tension, unrest in the Ivory Coast, where both presidential candidates claim victory.
A European Commission spokeswoman hinted Monday at the possibility of sanctions against Ivory Coast if the country is unable to resolve its disputed presidential election.
Ivory Coast is in lockdown as the country's presidential election remains in dispute. CNN's Christian Purefoy explains.
First came a political row over the rightful winner of Ivory Coast's presidential election. Saturday, two men laid claim to the West African nation's highest post.
Two candidates. Two councils. Two winners. Add it up and it bodes for a mess in the already unstable West African nation of Ivory Coast.
The just-announced results of the Ivory Coast presidential elections failed to get an OK Thursday from the government body authorized to validate the results.
Some results from Ivory Coast's elections are now expected Wednesday, after it was pushed back twice.
Two members of Ivory Coast's electoral commission from President Laurent Gbagbo's party physically stopped the announcement of partial election results late Tuesday, arguing that the results were not complete and the announcement was illegal.
Early results from a small portion of ballots in Ivory Coast's presidential runoff gave former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara a lead over the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, the country's electoral commission reported Monday.
Residents of Ivory Coast were stocking up on supplies Saturday ahead of five straight nights of curfew surrounding the presidential runoff election.
Campaigning for runoff elections in the Ivory Coast began Saturday with violent face-offs between young supporters of the two rival candidates.
Ivory Coast voters will chose between incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and ex-prime minister Alassane Ouattara in a presidential election runoff November 21.
Incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbabgo is slated to face ex-prime minister Alassane Ouattara later this month in a run-off vote for the country's leader.
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