Departments of Ivory Coast

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Departments of Ivory Coast
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Before a reorganization in 2011, the regions of Ivory Coast were divided into 81 departments (French: départements).

A 1978 law created 27 self-governing Communes in Ivory Coast (Communes de plein exercice), alongside Sous-Prefectures, dividing each of the Departments. The Commune, (titled a collectivité territoriale), is administered by a Municipal Council, presided over by a Mayor. The Department (also a collectivité territoriale) is governed by a General Council (conseil général) presided over by a président. The sous-préfecture (an administrative subdivision, or a circonscription administrative déconcentrée) carries out limited functions, overseen by an appointed sous-préfet who reports to a Préfet appointed by the national government at departmental level. Thus each Department contains an elected government (a collectivité territoriale) and an administrative officer of the central government (a circonscription administrative déconcentrée). The powers of these two entities, and the administrative bodies which they control, are strictly separated under law.[1]

Currently, the first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast are the districts and the second-level subdivisions are the regions.

The former departments are listed below, by region:

Agnéby Region[edit]

Bafing Region[edit]

Bas-Sassandra Region[edit]

Denguélé Region[edit]

Dix-Huit Montagnes Region[edit]

Fromager Region[edit]

Haut-Sassandra Region[edit]

Lacs Region[edit]

Lagunes Region[edit]

Marahoué Region[edit]

Moyen-Cavally Region[edit]

Moyen-Comoé Region[edit]

N'zi-Comoé Region[edit]

Savanes Region[edit]

Sud-Bandama Region[edit]

Sud-Comoé Region[edit]

Vallée du Bandama Region[edit]

Worodougou Region[edit]

Zanzan Region[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Loi n° 78-07 du 9 janvier 1978, portant institution de communes de plein exercice en Côte d'Ivoire, J.O. n° 9 du 23 février 1978, p.348

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