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Ivory Coast

INTERNAL DISSENT AND FURTHER CONSOLIDATION OF POWER

Despite HouphouŽt-Boigny's efforts to consolidate power and build a strong military, several events in the early 1960s demonstrated the vulnerability of the new regime. In 1962 a group of young radical PDCI members, displeased with the regime's moderate policies, allegedly planned to capture HouphouŽt-Boigny and other party leaders. More than 125 people were arrested and secretly tried in the president's hometown of Yamoussoukro. Fortyfour of the alleged plotters were convicted. In 1963 the government announced the discovery of another plot, which allegedly involved a coalition of hostile groups, including left-wing youth, discontented politicians, and northerners who resented southern domination in the government. In April 1971, HouphouŽt-Boigny released the last of those who had been jailed following the 1963 trials and virtually admitted that the charges had been baseless.

Data as of November 1988