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Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast gained independence from France in 1960 and was politically stable until a coup in 1999.  There was a further coup in 2001 and an attempted coup in 2002.  The Ivory Coast is now ruled by a government of national reconciliation, however sporadic episodes of violence continue. As a result, operations at the British Embassy were suspended on 1 April 2005.

The population of the Ivory Coast is divided between followers of Christianity, Islam and indigenous beliefs, which have traditionally fused together in practice.  However, in the past decade there has been a shift towards a greater emphasis on these divisions since the continuing political conflict divides the nation along ethnic and religious lines. The majority of the Muslim population and the Malaki School of Islamic jurisprudence has the most influence. Sufism has also been influential in the practise of Islam in the Ivory Coast.  Article 30 of the Constitution of 2000 reads that the Ivory Coast is a secular, democratic republic.

Available Information

reunite´s Summary Text for the Ivory Coast 
Legal Texts

•    Constitution 2000 (French)

•    Civil Code (French)

•    Law No. 70-483 of 1970 on Minority (French)

•    Law 64-376 of 1964 (as amended) on Divorce (French)

•    Law No.64-373 of 1964 Relating to Name (French)

•    Nationality Code No. 61-415 of 1961 (French)

•    Unofficial Translation of the Nationality Code No. 61-415 of 1961 (extract)

•    Penal Code (French) (extract)


•    Convention on the Rights of the Child Report 2000


•    The Civil Code of the Ivory Coast, Alain Levasseur, The Michie Company, Virginia, 1976. (extract)