2000 Ivorian presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Ivory Coast on 22 October 2000. Robert Guéï, who headed a transitional military regime following the December 1999 coup d'état, stood as a candidate in the election. All of the major opposition candidates except for Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) were barred from standing. The Rally of the Republicans (RDR) and Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire – African Democratic Rally (PDCI-RCA) boycotted the election in response to the exclusion of their candidates (respectively, Alassane Ouattara and Emile Constant Bombet) by the Supreme Court.

2000 Ivorian presidential election

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Nominee Laurent Gbagbo Robert Guéï
Party FPI Independent
Popular vote 1,065,597 587,267
Percentage 59.4% 32.7%

President before election

Robert Guéï

Elected President

Laurent Gbagbo

Guéï initially claimed to have won the presidency in a single round. However, it soon emerged that Gbagbo had actually won 59 percent of the vote—enough to win in a single round. When Guéï continued to insist he had won, a wave of protests drove him from power, and Gbagbo was sworn in as President.


Laurent GbagboIvorian Popular Front1,065,59759.36
Robert GuéïIndependent587,26732.72
Francis WodiéIvorian Workers' Party102,2535.70
Théodore MelUnion of Democrats of Ivory Coast26,3311.47
Nicolas DiouloIndependent13,5580.76
Valid votes1,795,00687.60
Invalid/blank votes254,01212.40
Total votes2,049,018100.00
Registered voters/turnout5,475,14337.42
Source: African Elections Database

Further readingEdit

  • Ayangafac, Chrysantus (2009). "The Politics of Post-Conflict Elections in Côte d'Ivoire". In Besada, Hany (ed.). From Civil Strife to Peace Building. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. pp. 33–51. ISBN 978-1-55458-052-1.