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Gen Robert Guei

Gen Robert Guei



General Robert Guei was a military leader in Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire). He was born on March 16, 1941, in Bouake, Ivory Coast. Guei played a significant role in the political landscape of Ivory Coast during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

He rose through the ranks of the Ivorian military and became a prominent figure within the armed forces. Guei served as the Chief of Staff of the Ivorian army and held various high-ranking positions within the military.

In December 1999, during a period of political turmoil in Ivory Coast, Guei led a military coup that ousted President Henri Konan Bedie. Guei declared himself the head of the military junta and assumed control of the country.


Robert Guéï was an Ivorian politician and military ruler who held power from December 24, 1999, to October 26, 2000. Born on March 16, 1941, in Kabakouma, a village in the western Man Department, he belonged to the Yacouba ethnic community. Guéï was a career soldier, trained at the Ouagadougou military school and the St Cyr military school in France under the French administration.

He initially gained prominence as an ardent supporter of longtime President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who appointed him chief of the army in 1990 after a mutiny. However, after the death of Houphouët-Boigny in 1993, Guéï distanced himself from the new leader Henri Konan Bédié. His refusal to mobilize troops to resolve a political struggle between Bédié and opposition leader Alassane Ouattara in October 1995 led to his dismissal. Despite being appointed as a minister, Guéï was sacked again in August 1996 and forced out of the army in January 1997.

In 1999, Bédié was overthrown in a coup, and although Guéï had no direct role in the coup, he was encouraged out of retirement to head the junta until the next elections. On January 4, 2000, he became the President of the Republic. Guéï stood as an independent candidate in the October 2000 presidential election, allowing only one opposition candidate, Laurent Gbagbo, to run against him. Despite losing to Gbagbo, Guéï refused to recognize the result, leading to street protests that brought Gbagbo to power.

After his defeat, Guéï withdrew from the political scene and fled to Gouessesso near the Liberian border. He participated in a reconciliation forum in 2001 and agreed to refrain from undemocratic methods. However, he withdrew from the forum agreement in September 2002. On September 19, 2002, during the first hours of the First Ivorian Civil War, Guéï, his wife Rose Doudou Guéï, and their children were killed in the Cocody district of Abidjan. The circumstances of his death remain mysterious but are generally attributed to forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo.

Following Guéï's death, his body stayed in a morgue until a funeral was held for him in Abidjan on August 18, 2006, nearly four years after his death.











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