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Côte D'Ivoire
Population: 20,617,068 | TIG Members: 1,261

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Background: Close ties to France since independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment made Cote d'Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the tropical African states, but did not protect it from political turmoil. In December 1999, a military coup - the first ever in Cote d'Ivoire's history - overthrew the government. Junta leader Robert GUEI blatantly rigged elections held in late 2000 and declared himself the winner. Popular protest forced him to step aside and brought runner-up Laurent GBAGBO into power. Ivorian dissidents and disaffected members of the military launched a failed coup attempt in September 2002. Rebel forces claimed the northern half of the country, and in January 2003 were granted ministerial positions in a unity government under the auspices of the Linas-Marcoussis Peace Accord. President GBAGBO and rebel forces resumed implementation of the peace accord in December 2003 after a three-month stalemate, but issues that sparked the civil war, such as land reform and grounds for citizenship, remain unresolved. The central government has yet to exert control over the northern regions and tensions remain high between GBAGBO and opposition leaders. Several thousand French and West African troops remain in Cote d'Ivoire to maintain peace and facilitate the disarmament, demobilization, and rehabilitation process.

Official Flag of Côte D'IvoireFlag Description: three equal vertical bands of orange (hoist side), white, and green; similar to the flag of Ireland, which is longer and has the colors reversed - green (hoist side), white, and orange; also similar to the flag of Italy, which is green (hoist side), white, and red; design was based on the flag of France

Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
République de Côte-d'Ivoire
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Union – Discipline – Travail
(French: Unity – Discipline – Labour)
Anthem: "L'Abidjanaise"
Hymne National de Côte d'Ivoire.ogg
Location of Ivory Coast within the African Union
Location of Ivory Coast within the African Union
Capital Yamoussoukro
6°51′N 5°18′W
Largest city Abidjan
Official language(s) French
Vernacular languages Dioula, Baoulé, Dan, Anyin and Cebaara Senufo among others
Ethnic groups (1998) Akan 42.1%
Voltaiques or Gur 17.6%
Northern Mandes 16.5%
Krous 11%
Southern Mandes 10%
other 2.8%
(includes 130,000 Lebanese
and 14,000 French)
Demonym Ivorian/Ivoirian
Government Presidential republic
 -  President Alassane Ouattara
 -  Prime Minister Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio
Legislature National Assembly
 -  from France 7 August 1960 
 -  Total 322,463 km2 (69th)
124,502 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 1.4[1]
 -  2009 estimate 20,617,068[1] (56th)
 -  1998 census 15,366,672 
 -  Density 63.9/km2 (139th)
165.6/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2011 estimate
 -  Total $36.068 billion[2]
 -  Per capita $1,589[2]
GDP (nominal) 2011 estimate
 -  Total $24.096 billion[2]
 -  Per capita $1,062[2]
Gini (2002) 44.6 (medium
HDI (2007) increase 0.484[3] (low) (163rd)
Currency West African CFA franc (XOF)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
 -  Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+0)
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .ci
Calling code 225
a Estimates for this country take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower population than would otherwise be expected.