The former president of Ivory Coast, Henri Konan Bédié, has passed away at the age of 89. Mr. Bédié served as the country’s second head of state following the death of Félix Houphout-Boigny in 1993.
However, his presidency was marred by allegations of widespread corruption and an economic downturn, leading to his ousting in a military coup in 1999.
Born into a modest family, Bédié excelled academically and pursued higher education in France, where he earned a doctorate in economics. Despite his political setbacks, he remained active in the country’s political landscape, attempting to return to power three years ago but facing defeat by his long-time rival, President Alassane Ouattara.
The cause of Mr. Bédié’s death is yet to be disclosed, and his passing is being mourned across the nation. Despite his political rivalry with President Ouattara, Bédié was widely regarded as a wise statesman who advocated for peace and promoted national unity.
Many Ivorians are paying tribute to the former president on social media, acknowledging his significant contributions to the country’s history and political landscape.
As the country mourns the loss of its former leader, Henri Konan Bédié’s legacy will be remembered for his dedication to the nation and his efforts to bring about positive change during his time in power.
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