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Former Ivory Coast President Konan Bedie is dead



Mr Bedie served as the country’s second head of state following the death of Felix Houphouet-Boigny in 1993.

His presidency was marred by allegations of widespread corruption and an economic downturn, which eventually led to his ousting in a military coup in 1999.

Despite being born into a relatively poor family, Bedie excelled in academics and pursued higher education in France, where he earned a doctorate in economics.

In recent years, he made attempts to return to power but was defeated by his long-time political rival, President Alassane Ouattara.

The cause of Mr Bedie’s death remains unknown, and his passing is being mourned as a significant loss for the entire country.

Despite his political rivalry, he was widely regarded as a wise leader who advocated for peace and national unity.

Numerous Ivorians are paying tribute to him on social media.

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