Philippe Mangou

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Philippe Mangou
Philippe Mangou in 2008
Born 26 January 1952
Allegiance Laurent Gbagbo
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.[1] 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.[2]

Long loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, Mangou sought refuge in the residence of the South African ambassador on 31 March 2011, as Alassane Ouattara's forces entered Abidjan.[3]

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."[4]

Decorations and badges[edit]

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Medaille de la Defense Nationale Bronze ribbon.svg Ordre du Merite maritime Officier ribbon.svg

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  1. ^ "Le Général Mangou Philippe". ReseauIvoire. 
  2. ^ "Mouvements à la tête de l'armée ivoirienne". Le Nouvel Observateur. 2004-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Ivory Coast army chief Phillippe Mangou 'seeks refuge'", BBC News, 31 March 2011
  4. ^ "Ivory Coast general rejoins Gbagbo forces, army says". Guardian. 4 April 2011.