Félix Houphouet-Boigny

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Houphouet-Boigny, Félix


Born Oct. 18, 1905, in Yamoussoukro. Ivory Coast statesman.

The son of a wealthy plantation owner, Houphouet practiced as a doctor for several years. In 1944 he organized the African Agricultural Association, which expanded to become the Democratic Party of the Ivory Coast. He was one of the initiators of the African Democratic Rally and served as its president. Houphouet became a deputy to the French constituent assembly in 1945 and served as a deputy to the French national assembly until 1959. From 1956 to 1959 he held a number of posts in the French government. In 1959–60, Houphouet served as prime minister of the Ivory Coast within the framework of the French Community. He became president of the independent republic of the Ivory Coast in 1960 and simultaneously was head of state. Houphouet was reelected in 1965, 1970, and 1975.

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Le diplomate a precise que la cooperation entre la Cote d'Ivoire et le Maroc est une belle histoire d'amitie et de fraternite qui a commence avec le President Felix Houphouet-Boigny et Sa Majeste le Roi Hassan II qui ont tisse des liens forts entre les deux pays.
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All eyes will be focused on the recently renovated national stadium, Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, hosting its first match of the campaign.
Kouadjo Hilaire, a professor at Felix Houphouet-Boigny University in Abidjan and a 2009-2010 Fulbright alumnus, said, "it was really great to bring so many who benefited from these programs together to start thinking of what they might do together."
But at the heart of the CNOCICI programme was a number of academic colloquia held in inland Cote d'Ivoire between March and August that had the objective of drawing lessons from the past in order to prepare for the future, to 'correct the failures committed by the father of independence, Felix Houphouet-Boigny', (4) and more generally to counter a popular and nostalgic attitude of 'before, when all was well' (Ake and Kipre 2011: 8).