Government Cote d'Ivoire
                           Country name: conventional long form: Republic of
                                         Cote d'Ivoire
                                         conventional short form: Cote
                                         local short form: Cote d'Ivoire
                                         former: Ivory Coast
                                         local long form: Republique de Cote
                        Government type: republic; multiparty presidential
                                         regime established 1960
                                Capital: Yamoussoukro; note - although
                                         Yamoussoukro has been the official
                                         capital since 1983, Abidjan remains
                                         the administrative center; the US,
                                         like other countries, maintains its
                                         Embassy in Abidjan
               Administrative divisions: 58 departments (departements,
                                         singular - departement);
                                         Abengourou, Abidjan, Aboisso,
                                         Adiake, Adzope, Agboville,
                                         Agnibilekrou, Alepe, Bocanda,
                                         Bangolo, Beoumi, Biankouma,
                                         Bondoukou, Bongouanou, Bouafle,
                                         Bouake, Bouna, Boundiali, Dabakala,
                                         Dabou, Daloa, Danane, Daoukro,
                                         Dimbokro, Divo, Duekoue,
                                         Ferkessedougou, Gagnoa, Grand-
                                         Bassam, Grand-Lahou, Guiglo, Issia,
                                         Jacqueville, Katiola, Korhogo,
                                         Lakota, Man, Mankono, Mbahiakro,
                                         Odienne, Oume, Sakassou, San-Pedro,
                                         Sassandra, Seguela, Sinfra, Soubre,
                                         Tabou, Tanda, Tiebissou, Tingrela,
                                         Tiassale, Touba, Toulepleu,
                                         Toumodi, Vavoua, Yamoussoukro,
                           Independence: 7 August (1960) (from France)
                       National holiday: Independence Day, 7 August (1960)
                           Constitution: 3 November 1960; has been amended
                                         numerous times, last time 27 July
                           Legal system: based on French civil law system
                                         and customary law; judicial review
                                         in the Constitutional Chamber of
                                         the Supreme Court; has not accepted
                                         compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
                               Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                       Executive branch: chief of state: President Laurent
                                         GBAGBO (since 26 October 2000);
                                         note - took power following a
                                         popular overthrow of the interim
                                         leader Gen. Robert GUEI who had
                                         claimed a dubious victory in
                                         presidential elections; Gen. GUEI
                                         himself had assumed power on 25
                                         December 1999, following a military
                                         coup against the government of
                                         former President Henri Konan BEDIE
                                         head of government: Prime Minister
                                         and Minister of Planning and
                                         Development Affi N'GUESSAN (since
                                         27 October 2000)
                                         cabinet: Council of Ministers
                                         appointed by the president
                                         elections: president elected by
                                         popular vote for a five-year term;
                                         election last held 26 October 2000
                                         (next to be held NA 2005); prime
                                         minister appointed by the president
                                         election results: Laurent GBAGBO
                                         elected president; percent of vote
                                         - Laurent GBAGBO 59.4%, Robert GUEI
                                         32.7%, Francis WODIE 5.7%, other
                     Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly or
                                         Assemblee Nationale (225 seats;
                                         members are elected in single- and
                                         multi-district elections by direct
                                         popular vote to serve five-year
                                         elections: elections last held 10
                                         December 2000 with by-elections on
                                         14 January 2001 (next to be held NA
                                         note: a Senate is scheduled to be
                                         created in the next full election
                                         in 2005
                                         election results: percent of vote
                                         by party - NA%; seats by party -
                                         FPI 96, PDCI-RDA 94, RDR 5, PIT 4,
                                         other 2, independents 22, vacant 2
                        Judicial branch: Supreme Court or Cour Supreme
                                         consists of four chambers: Judicial
                                         Chamber for criminal cases, Audit
                                         Chamber for financial cases,
                                         Constitutional Chamber for judicial
                                         review cases, and Administrative
                                         Chamber for civil cases; there is
                                         no legal limit to the number of
          Political parties and leaders: Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire-
                                         African Democratic Rally or PDCI-
                                         RDA [Aime Henri Konan BEDIE];
                                         Ivorian Popular Front or FPI
                                         [Laurent GBAGBO]; Ivorian Worker's
                                         Party or PIT [Francis WODIE]; Rally
                                         of the Republicans or RDR [Alassane
                                         OUATTARA]; Union for Democracy and
                                         Peace or UDPCI [Gen. Robert GUEI];
                                         over 20 smaller parties
           Political pressure groups and NA
              International organization ACP, AfDB, CCC, ECA, ECOWAS,
                          participation: Entente, FAO, FZ, G-24, G-77, IAEA,
                                         IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD,
                                         IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO,
                                         Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO
                                         (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAU,
                                         OIC, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO,
                                         UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WADB (regional),
                                         WAEMU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO,
                                         WToO, WTrO
        Diplomatic representation in the chief of mission: Ambassador
                                     US: Youssoufou BAMBA
                                         chancery: 3421 Massachusetts Avenue
                                         NW, Washington, DC 20007
                                         FAX: [1] (202) 462-9444
                                         telephone: [1] (202) 797-0300
      Diplomatic representation from the chief of mission: Ambassador Arlene
                                     US: RENDER
                                         embassy: 5 Rue Jesse Owens, Abidjan
                                         mailing address: B. P. 1712,
                                         Abidjan 01
                                         telephone: [225] 20 21 09 79
                                         FAX: [225] 20 22 32 59
                       Flag 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

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