Laurent Gbagbo


Since 2000, Laurent Gbagbo (born May 31, 1945) has served as president of Côte d’Ivoire, more popularly known as the Ivory Coast. His own ascent and governance have been mired in controversy, including coup attempts and fraudulent elections. The 2010 election has been ruled invalid by the U.N., which recognizes his opponent Alassane Quattara as the victor and true president of the Ivory Coast. Quattara's supporters have taken up arms to depose Gbagbo in bloody street battles.