Philippe Mangou in 2008
|Born||26 January 1952
|Years of service||since 1978|
|Rank||Général de corps d'armée|
|Commands held||armed forces of Ivory Coast|
Philippe Mangou (born 26 January 1952) was the head of the armed forces of Ivory Coast from 2004 until 2011.
He studied law at the University of Cocody-Abidjan. In November 2004, Laurent Gbagbo made him Chef d'État Major des Armées (Chief of the Defence Staff, the ninth in the history of the country), succeeding Mathias Doue.
On 4 April General Phillippe Mangou, however, left the South African ambassador's residence in Abidjan and rejoined the government forces. On Ouattara's TV station, Serges Alla, a journalist claimed: "Mangou was forced to leave the South African embassy because some of his relatives were made hostage by diehard supporters of Gbagbo, and Gbagbo militiamen were putting pressure on him, saying they would bomb his village if he doesn't show himself or doesn't return to the Gbagbo army."
Decorations and badges
- "Le Général Mangou Philippe". ReseauIvoire.
- "Mouvements à la tête de l'armée ivoirienne". Le Nouvel Observateur. 2004-11-25.
- "Ivory Coast army chief Phillippe Mangou 'seeks refuge'", BBC News, 31 March 2011
- "Ivory Coast general rejoins Gbagbo forces, army says". Guardian. 4 April 2011.