Breaking: Former Ivorian President, Henri Bedie is dead

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Photo: The late former President Bedie

Breaking: Former Ivorian President, Henri Bedie is dead

Henri Bedie, a former President of Ivory Coast, has died at the age of 89, a close relative told Reuters on Tuesday.

Bedie, who served as president from 1993 until his ouster in 1999, had dominated politics in the West African nation for a generation.

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He later ran a losing race against his long-time political rival, President Alassane Ouattara in 2020, when he was 86 years old.

It is not yet clear how Bedie died.

His spokesman could not be reached for comment as of the time of filing this report.

Bedie will for long be remembered, and in some parts reviled, for his role in promoting the issue of “Ivoirite”, or Ivorian identity.

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