Death of Henri Konan Bédié, Former President of Ivory Coast

He was the “sphinx” of Ivorian politics. Former President of Côte d’Ivoire Henri Konan Bédié passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89. He had been hospitalized in Abidjan after feeling unwell in his stronghold of Daoukro.

Henri Konan Bédié left a lasting mark on his country’s political landscape for nearly 60 years, from the highest office to exile. Tributes and condolences are pouring in as the nation mourns, with a 10-day period of national mourning declared and flags flown at half-mast across the entire territory.

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