Cote d'Ivoire: History

  1. 1893

    Cote d’Ivoire officially becomes a French colony.

  2. 1959

    Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Cote d’Ivoire’s representative in the French National Assembly, forms the Council of the Entente, a regional organization in West Africa promoting economic development.

  3. 1960

    France gives Cote d’Ivoire complete independence and Houphouet-Boigny becomes president.

  4. 1999

    General Robert Guei leads a bloodless coup after government corruption and mismanagement lead to steep reductions in foreign aid beginning in 1998.

  5. 2003

    President Gbagbo and the rebel forces agree to a French brokered, power-sharing agreement that creates a new government, gives rebel groups some representation, and ends fighting between the groups.

  6. 2005

    Talks in South Africa lead to the Pretoria Agreement, in which the government and rebels agree to an “immediate and final end” to the war.

  7. 2009

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forgives $3 billion of Cote d'Ivoire's debt


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