Every 15 November is National Peace Day in Ivory Coast. It is a day of political unity speeches and abundant display of the orange-white-and-green Ivory Coast national flag.
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Ivory Coast gained its independence from France in 1960, and up until the 80’s, the economic and political life of the country was fairly stable. But then things changed for the worse, and decades of turmoil ensued.
In 1999, General Guei was brought into power by means of a military coup. This led to a popular revolt during the 2000 election cycle and an all-out war beginning in 2002. The civil war raged on until 2007, and the elections of 2005 never happened as a result. When a new election was finally held in 2010, war broke out over the election results in 2010 and 2011.
Even today, there is ongoing tension and instability in Ivory Coast. But the government has declared 15 November “National Peace Day” in an attempt to get vying factions to come together in a show of national unity and patriotism.