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    Cote d'Ivoire Government - 2005
    http://www.allcountries.org/wfb2005/cote_divoire/cote_divoire_government.html
    SOURCE: 2005 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
      conventional short form: Cote d'Ivoire
      local long form: Republique de Cote d'Ivoire
      local short form: Cote d'Ivoire
      former: Ivory Coast

      Government type:
      republic; multiparty presidential regime established 1960

      Capital:
      Yamoussoukro; note - although Yamoussoukro has been the official capital since 1983, Abidjan remains the commercial and administrative center; the US, like other countries, maintains its Embassy in Abidjan

      Administrative divisions:
      19 regions; Agneby, Bafing, Bas-Sassandra, Denguele, Dix-Huit Montagnes, Fromager, Haut-Sassandra, Lacs, Lagunes, Marahoue, Moyen-Cavally, Moyen-Comoe, N'zi-Comoe, Savanes, Sud-Bandama, Sud-Comoe, Vallee du Bandama, Worodougou, Zanzan

      Independence:
      7 August 1960 (from France)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day, 7 August (1960)

      Constitution:
      a new constitution was adopted 4 August 2000

      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);
      head of government: Prime Minister Seydou DIARRA (since 25 January 2003); note - appointed as transitional Prime Minister by President GBAGBO as part of a French brokered peace plan
      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 October 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 2.2%

      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 terms)
      elections: elections last held 10 December 2000 with by-elections on 14 January 2001 (next to be held October 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
      note: a Senate is scheduled to be created in the next full election in 2005

      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 members

      Political parties and leaders:
      Citizen's Democratic Union or UDCY [Eg Theodore MEL]; Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire-African Democratic Rally or PDCI-RDA [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 [Paul Akoto YAO]; over 20 smaller parties

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AU, ECOWAS, Entente, FAO, FZ, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ITU, MIGA, NAM, OIC, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WADB (regional), WAEMU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Daouda DIABATE
      chancery: 3421 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
      telephone: [1] (202) 797-0300
      FAX: [1] (202) 462-9444

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Aubrey HOOKS
      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


      NOTE: The information regarding Cote d'Ivoire on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cote d'Ivoire Government 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cote d'Ivoire Government 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.







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