Bouaké Department

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Bouaké Department
Département de Bouaké
Department
Location in Ivory Coast. Bouaké Department has had these boundaries since 2008.
Location in Ivory Coast. Bouaké Department has had these boundaries since 2008.
Country  Ivory Coast
District Vallée du Bandama
Region Gbêkê
1969 Established as a first-level subdivision
1988 Divided to create Béoumi, M'Bahiakro, Sakassou, Toumodi, and Yamoussoukro Depts
1997 Converted to a second-level subdivision
2008 Divided to create Botro Dept
2011 Converted to a third-level subdivision
Departmental seat Bouaké
Government[1]
 • Prefect Aka Konin
Population (2014)
 • Total 680,694[2]
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Bouaké Department is a department of Gbêkê Region in Vallée du Bandama District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 680,694, making it the most populous department in the country. The seat of the department is the city of Bouaké. The sub-prefectures of the department are Bouaké-SP, Bouaké-Ville, Bounda, Brobo, Mamini, and N'Djébonouan.

History[edit]

Bouaké Department upon its creation in 1969. It kept these boundaries until 1988, but other departments began to be divided in 1974.
Bouaké Department from 1988 to 2008. (Other subdivision boundaries began to change in 1995.)

Bouaké Department was created in 1969 as one of the 24 new departments that were created to take the place of the six departments that were being abolished. It was created from territory that was formerly part of Centre Department. Using current boundaries as a reference, from 1969 to 1988 the department occupied the following territory: all of Gbêkê Region; all of Bélier Region; all of Yamoussoukro Autonomous District; and all of Iffou Region, with the exception of Daoukro Department.

In 1988, Bouaké Department was split into six parts to create five new departments: Béoumi, M'Bahiakro, Sakassou, Toumodi, and Yamoussoukro.[3]

In 1997, regions were introduced as new first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast; as a result, all departments were converted into second-level subdivisions. Bouaké Department was included as part of Vallée du Bandama Region.

Bouaké Department was split again in 2008 to create Botro Department.[3][4]

In 2011, districts were introduced as new first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast. At the same time, regions were reorganised and became second-level subdivisions and all departments were converted into third-level subdivisions. At this time, Bouaké Department became part of Gbêkê Region in Vallée du Bandama District.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Préfets de Région et de Préfets de Département (Conseil des ministres du mercredi 26 septembre 2012)", abidjan.net, 2 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire". geohive.com. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Regions of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)", statoids.com, accessed 16 February 2016.
  4. ^ Décret n° 2008-96 du 5 mars 2008 portant création des départements de Bettié, Botro, Guéyo, Koro, Kouto, Ouangolodougou, Sinématiali, Tiapoum, Yakassé-Attobrou et Zoukougbeu.

Coordinates: 7°41′N 5°1′W / 7.683°N 5.017°W / 7.683; -5.017