The commemorative ceremonies were supposed to take place in Yamoussoukro, the political capital of the country and hometown of the First President of Cote d'Ivoire
, Felix Houphouet Boigny
Q: Please explain in detail about the Chief Executive of your country, including his
major achievements, political philosophy, family and hobbies.A: His
Excellency Mr. Henri Konan Bedie was born on May 5 in 1934 in Daoukro in the centre-east part of Cote d'Ivoire
.He holds a degree in Law and a Ph.D in Economics.
Before taking over as Head of State in 1993, President Bedie held several important posts.He
served as: -Ambassador of Cote d'Ivoire
to the United States and Canada (1961-1966); -Minister of Finance and Economy (1966-1977); -Special Adviser at the S.F.I.
(Society Financiere International) of the World Bank
Group (1978-1980); -President of the Ivorian National Assembly
(1980-1993).President Bedie also holds many national and foreign decorations.He
is known to be a bibliophile and a numismatist.