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1) Government

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
Ambassadors from Finland > Current Finnish Ambassadors > Ambassador Anna-Liisa Korhonen
Ambassadors from Israel > Current Israeli Ambassadors > Israeli Ambassador Daniel Kedem
Capital city Yamoussoukro
Capital city > Geographic coordinates 6 49 N, 5 17 W
Capital city > Name Yamoussoukro
Capital city > 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
Capital city > Time difference
UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Constitution
approved by referendum 23 July 2000
Copyright > Reference Art. 45,
Corruption 1.9 [155th of 160]
countries' copyright length > Usual term of copyright protection 99 pma
CPIA equity of public resource use rating 1.5 [74th of 75]
CPIA quality of public administration rating 2 [74th of 75]
Diplomatic representation from the US > Chief of mission
Ambassador Wanda L. NESBITT
Diplomatic representation from the US > Embassy
Cocody Riviera Golf 01, Abidjan
Diplomatic representation from the US > FAX [225] 22 49 43 32
Diplomatic representation from the US > Mailing address B. P. 1712, Abidjan 01
Diplomatic representation from the US > Telephone [225] 22 49 40 00
Diplomatic representation in the US > Chancery
3421 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
Diplomatic representation in the US > Chief of mission
Ambassador Yao Charles KOFFI
Diplomatic representation in the US > FAX [1] (202) 244-3088
Diplomatic representation in the US > Telephone [1] (202) 797-0300
embassies and high commissions in Ottawa > Address 9 Marlborough Ave.
embassies and high commissions in Ottawa > Neighbourhood Sandy Hill
Executive branch > Cabinet
Council of Ministers appointed by the president; note - under the current power-sharing agreement the prime minister and the president share the authority to appoint ministers
Executive branch > Chief of state
President Laurent GBAGBO (since 26 October 2000)
Executive branch > Election results
Laurent GBAGBO elected president; percent of vote - Laurent GBAGBO 59.4%, Robert GUEI 32.7%, Francis WODIE 5.7%, other 2.2%
Executive branch > Elections
president elected by popular vote for a five-year term (no term limits); election last held 26 October 2000 (next to be held 30 November 2008; elections were to be held in 2005 but have been repeatedly postponed by the government; the UN Security Council has extended the government's mandate); prime minister appointed by the president
Executive branch > Head of government
Prime Minister Guillaume SORO (since 4 April 2007)
Flag description
three equal vertical bands of orange (hoist side), white, and green; note: 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
Foreign relations > Croatia > Date of Establishment October 17, 1995
General government final consumption expenditure > annual % growth 0.68 % [92nd of 147]
General government final consumption expenditure > constant 2000 US$ 883,608,800 constant 2000 US$ [81st of 145]
General government final consumption expenditure > constant 2000 US$ (per capita) 48.673 constant 2000 US$ per c [95th of 146]
General government final consumption expenditure > constant LCU 778180000000
General government final consumption expenditure > current LCU 712645000000
General government final consumption expenditure > current US$ 1,351,068,000 $ [89th of 169]
General government final consumption expenditure > current US$ (per $ GDP) 0.083 $ per $1 of GDP [133rd of 184]
General government final consumption expenditure > current US$ (per capita) 74.423 $ per capita [116th of 184]
Government type
republic; multiparty presidential regime established 1960; note: the government is currently operating under a power-sharing agreement mandated by international mediators
International organization participation
ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AU, ECOWAS, Entente, FAO, FZ, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, NAM, OIC, OIF, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, Union Latina, UNWTO, UPU, WADB (regional), WAEMU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
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
Legal origin
French
Legal system
based on French civil law system and customary law; judicial review in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
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)
Legislative branch > A note
a Senate is scheduled to be created in the next full election in 2005
Legislative branch > 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
Legislative branch > Elections
elections last held 10 December 2000 with by-elections on 14 January 2001 (next to be held in November 2008 after the government postponed the elections in 2005 and 2006)
Legislative branch > Note
a Senate that was scheduled to be created in the October 2006 elections never took place
National holiday
Independence Day, 7 August
Parliamentary seats > Female 8% [89th of 143]
political parties > Dominant party
Political parties and leaders
Citizen's Democratic Union or UDCY [Theodore MEL EG]; Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire or PDCI [Henri Konan BEDIE]; Ivorian Popular Front or FPI [Pascale Affi N'GUESSAN]; Ivorian Worker's Party or PIT [Francis WODIE]; Opposition Movement of the Future or MFA [Innocent Augustin ANAKY]; Rally of the Republicans or RDR [Alassane OUATTARA]; Union for Democracy and Peace in Cote d'Ivoire or UDPCI [Toikeuse MABRI]; over 144 smaller registered parties
Political pressure groups and leaders
Federation of University and High School Students of Cote d'Ivoire or FESCI [Serges KOFFI]; Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace or RHDP [Alphonse DJEDJE MADY]; Young Patriots [Charles BLE GOUDE]
Prime minister Charles Konan Banny
Procedures to build a warehouse > number 22 [35th of 168]
Procedures to build a warehouse > number (per capita) 1.212 per 1 million people [113rd of 170]
Procedures to enforce a contract > number 25 [132nd of 170]
Procedures to enforce a contract > number (per capita) 1.377 per 1 million people [128th of 171]
Procedures to register property > number 6 [82nd of 167]
Procedures to register property > number (per capita) 385.593 per 1 billion people [110th of 167]
Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament > % 8.5 % [134th of 174]
Start-up procedures to register a business > number 11 [54th of 171]
Start-up procedures to register a business > number (per capita) 0.606 per 1 million people [111st of 171]
Status pseudo-democracy
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal
Time required to build a warehouse > days 569 days [2nd of 168]
Time required to enforce a contract > days 525 days [71st of 171]
Time required to register property > days 32 days [117th of 167]
Time required to start a business > days 45 days [59th of 171]
Time to prepare and pay taxes > hours 270 hours [73rd of 169]
Time to resolve insolvency > years 2.2 years [101st of 151]
Total businesses registered > number 2,744 [55th of 71]
Total businesses registered > number (per capita) 0.176 per 1 million people [75th of 83]
Transnational Issues > Disputes > International
despite the presence of over 9,000 UN forces (UNOCI) in Cote d'Ivoire since 2004, ethnic conflict still leaves displaced hundreds of thousands of Ivorians in and out of the country as well as driven out migrants from neighboring states who worked in Ivorian cocoa plantations; the March 2007 peace deal between Ivorian rebels and the government brought significant numbers of rebels out of hiding in neighboring states
UN membership date 20 Sep. 1960
Washington, D.C. embassies > Neighborhood Embassy Row


 

SOURCES
All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Wikipedia: List of Ambassadors from Finland ; Wikipedia: Ambassadors from Israel ; CIA World Factbook, 14 June, 2007 ; Wikipedia: List of countries' copyright length ; Transparency International; World Development Indicators database; Wikipedia: List of embassies and high commissions in Ottawa ; Wikipedia: Foreign relations of Croatia ; CIA World Factbook, 28 July 2005; CIA World Factbook, December 2003; United Nations World Statistics Pocketbook and Statistical Yearbook; Wikipedia: List of political parties ; Wikipedia: Prime minister ; electionworld.org; Wikipedia: List of Washington, D.C. embassies

ALTERNATIVE NAMES

Cote d'Ivoire, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, Republique de Cote d'Ivoire, côte d’ivoire, cote d'ivoire, cte d'ivoire, ivory coast, Côte d'Ivoire

Democracy

Bertelsmann Transformation Index > Status Index 2006 3.14 [111st of 119]
Bertelsmann Transformation Index>Political Transformation 2.85 [110th of 119]
Civil and political liberties 1.5 [115th of 140]
CPIA gender equality rating 2.5 [73rd of 75]
CPIA policies for social inclusion/equity cluster average 2.3 [73rd of 75]
CPIA property rights and rule-based governance rating 2 [69th of 75]
CPIA public sector management and institutions cluster average 2.5 [65th of 75]
CPIA transparency, accountability, and corruption in the public sector rating 2 [71st of 75]
Electoral system first-past-the-post-block
Electoral system type plurality
Female candidacy 1,952 [68th of 161]
Female parliamentarians 8.5% [110th of 157]
Female suffrage 1952
First female parliamentarian 1965 (elected)
Gender Parity Index in primary level enrolment 0.792061105554805 [168th of 183]
Homosexuality laws of the world > Homosexuality laws > Laws against homosexuality No
Parliamentary elections > Registered voter turnout 31.5% [150th of 152]
Parliamentary elections > Total vote 1,740,240 [88th of 154]
Parliamentary elections > Turnout 23.8 [110th of 117]
Parliamentary elections > Voter registration 5,517,610 [57th of 152]
Parliamentary elections > Voting age population 7,301,400 [56th of 163]
Parliamentary elections > Voting age population (per capita) 422.095 per 1,000 people [129th of 162]
Presidential elections > Invalid votes 12.4% [2nd of 61]
Presidential elections > Registered voter turnout 37.4% [86th of 86]
Presidential elections > Total vote 2,049,020 [51st of 87]
Presidential elections > Turnout 28.1 [78th of 82]
Presidential elections > Voter registration 5,475,140 [31st of 86]
Presidential elections > Voting age population 7,301,400 [31st of 91]
Presidential elections > Voting age population (per capita) 422.095 per 1,000 people [65th of 91]
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SOURCES
Bertelsmann Transformation Index online, 2006; http://www.bertelsmann-transformation ... /BTI_2006_Ranking_GB.pdf; Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2000-2001, New York: Freedom House, 2001; World Development Indicators database; No comment is being made on the state of democracy. Categorizations are based on the electoral law, or the last competitive election held; IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 1995. Women in Parliaments 1945-1995: A World Statistical Survey. Geneva and IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2001. Correspondence on year women received the right to vote and to stand for election and year first woman was elected or appointed to parliament. March. Geneva; calculated on the basis of data on parliamentary seats from IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2002. Parline Database. March 2002; IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 1995. Women in Parliaments 1945-1995: A World Statistical Survey. Geneva and IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2001. Correspondence on year women received the right to vote and to stand for election and year first woman was elected or appointed to parliament. March. Geneva.; Source: Millennium Development Goals Database | United Nations Statistics Division; Wikipedia: Homosexuality laws of the world ; Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 2003; Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

ALTERNATIVE NAMES

Cote d'Ivoire, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, Republique de Cote d'Ivoire, côte d’ivoire, cote d'ivoire, cte d'ivoire, ivory coast, Côte d'Ivoire

 

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