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Offbeat A ministerial mission of ECOWAS in Côte d'Ivoire to attempt mediation

07:45  19 october  2020
07:45  19 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, ministre ghanéenne des Affaires étrangères (ici le 20 août 2019 à Moscou) conduit une délégation ministérielle de la Cédéao en Côte d'Ivoire. © AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs (here August 20, 2019 in Moscow) leads an ECOWAS ministerial delegation in Ivory Coast.

A ministerial mission from ECOWAS arrived in Côte d'Ivoire to meet the various political actors. The opposition no longer recognized the legitimacy of the institutions in charge of organizing and validating the election, scheduled for October 31, and demanded the withdrawal of the candidacy of outgoing President Alassane Ouattara for a third term. Will this international mediation allow the different parties to find common ground? Hope is slim, experts say.

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With our correspondent in Abidjan, François Hume-Ferkatadji

About 200 opposition activists gathered in front of the residence of PDCI president Henri Konan Bédié to welcome the ECOWAS delegation. One way to put pressure on the mediators tasked with finding a way out of the crisis, before the October 31 election. The opposition wanted to receive the presidents of Ghana and Nigeria, it was finally a ministerial delegation, led by the head of Ghanaian diplomacy Shirley Botchway, who met the two main opponents and candidates, Henri Konan Bédié and Pascal Affi N'Guessan. Nothing leaked from this meeting, which lasted just over an hour.

After a first visit ten days ago, the diplomats of the West African organization must once again try to resolve a political problem that seems inextricable. According to analyst Sylvain N’Guessan, mediation is unlikely to be successful. "The internal balance of power is to the advantage of the RHDP," he said. According to him, the ruling party will use this diplomatic and financial advantage to win the presidential election in the first round. But RHDP executives could engage with the international community to open the political game after the presidential election, he said, for the legislative elections scheduled for next spring in particular.

Côte d'Ivoire: Kouadio Konan Bertin, the opponent who wanted an active ballot .
© AFP Photos / Sia Kambou The Ivorian presidential candidate Kouadio Konan Bertin in Abidjan, October 4, 2020. The only opposition candidate to accept the electoral process, Kouadio Konan Bertin spoke for nearly an hour in his campaign headquarters north of Abidjan, Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

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