Henri Konan Bédié

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Henri Konan Bédié (born May 5, 1934 in Dasiékro ) is an Ivorian diplomat and politician. From December 7, 1993 to December 24, 1999 he was President of the Republic .


Bédié was born as a member of the Baule and went to study at the University of Poitiers after finishing school . He was initially in the diplomatic service of France and changed with the independence of the Ivory Coast in 1961 in their diplomatic service and became, among other things, the first ambassador of the Ivory Coast to the United States . From 1965 to 1977 he was Minister for Economy and Finance. From 1978 to 1980 he was Special Advisor to the President of the World Bank on African Affairs. Since his return in 1980 he has been a member of parliament and president of parliament. That made him the second man in the state .

After the death of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny in December 1993, he was constitutionally his successor. In October 1995 he was elected.

Bédié was ousted by Colonel Robert Guéï at Christmas 1999, in the first successful military coup in Ivory Coast, and flown to Togo by the French army .

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  1. Côte d'Ivoire: Ousted president arrives in Togo. In: irinnews.org. Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), December 26, 1999, accessed May 9, 2013 .