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Entertainment The stakes of the return of Laurent Gbagbo in Côte d'Ivoire

10:05  11 june  2021
10:05  11 june  2021 Source:   bfmtv.com

acquitted by international justice, former President Gbagbo returns to Côte d'Ivoire

 acquitted by international justice, former President Gbagbo returns to Côte d'Ivoire © SIA Kambou supporters of the former President Laurent Gbagbo during a protest in prelude on his return to Côte d'Ivoire , in Mama on 13 June 2021 Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is expected Thursday in his country that he had been forced to leave ten years ago, a return allowed by his acquittal of crimes against humanity by justice International and by the green light of its rival The President Alassane Ouattara, on behalf of the "national reconciliation".

Supporters of Laurent Gbagbo , in front of the Independent Electoral Commission, August 31, 2020 © REUTERS / Luc Gnago TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. “By mid-March of this year, he will be with us,” said Assoa Adou on 24 February after listing out the 13 members of the committee set up to prepare the return of Laurent Gbagbo , the former head of state. However, this statement from the secretary-general of the Front populaire ivoirien [Ivorian Popular Front] (FPI) sounds more like a means of exerting additional pressure on the Ivorian authorities than a certainty definitively set in stone.

Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo ’s acquittal on charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) opens the way for his return to Côte d ’ Ivoire once released. His return after seven years in detention at The Hague and eight years after being discovered in a His return therefore raises the question of internal opposition party loyalties. Gbagbo and his co-accused, youth militia leader, Charles Blé Goudé, were arrested for having allegedly orchestrated the murder, rape and persecution of opponents after he lost the election in Côte d ’ Ivoire in December 2010.

Un partisan de l'opposition ivoirienne brandit un portrait de l'ancien président Laurent Gbagbo, lors d'un meeting de campagne pour les élections législatives en Côte d'Ivoire, le 27 février 2021 à Abidjan © Sia Kambou A supporter of the Ivorian opposition brandished a portrait of former President Laurent Gbagbo, during a campaign meeting for the legislative elections in coast of ivory, on February 27, 2021 in Abidjan

the return of the former President Laurent Gbagbo on June 17 in Côte d'Ivoire will have an impact on the political life of his country where, despite a decade of absence, he remains One of the major players for more than 30 years.

little imagine that at 76 years he retires. Many think on the contrary that it will find all its leading place against the other two historical heavyweights of Ivorian politics, the head of state Alassane Ouattara, 79, and the former President Henri Konan Bédié, 86 years old , with whom he knotted an alliance.

Côte d'Ivoire: Former President Laurent Gbagbo returns to the country after ten years of exile

 Côte d'Ivoire: Former President Laurent Gbagbo returns to the country after ten years of exile Cote-ivory-Politics: Ivory Coast: Former President Laurent Gbagbo returns to the country after ten years of Exile © Reuters / Pool Cote d'Ivoire: Former President Laurent Gbagbo returns to the country after ten years of exile Brussels (Reuters) - former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo embarked Thursday in Brussels for a flight to From Côte d'Ivoire, marking its return home for the first time since it was driven out of power in 2011.

The return of Laurent Gbagbo to Côte d ’ Ivoire is a major political issue, three months before the presidential election. His party the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) indeed urges him to stand for election. He has always maintained his innocence. Gbagbo was released after seven years of detention in The Hague. The Court is currently examining the appeal request of the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. Technically, Gbagbo could be jailed upon his return in Côte d ’Voire, having been sentenced in absentia to a 20-year term last November for the "looting" of the local branch of the Central Bank of

The 2010–11 Ivorian crisis was a political crisis in Ivory Coast which began after Laurent Gbagbo , the President of Ivory Coast since 2000, was proclaimed the winner of the Ivorian election of 2010, the first election in the country in 10 years.

- Why does Laurent Gbagbo come back and what role will he play?

On March 31, Laurent Gbagbo is acknowledged crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, where he was detained since 2011. It was prosecuted for the post-election violence related to his refusal to recognize his Defeat against Alassane Ouattara to the 2010 presidential election, who made some 3,000 deaths.

On April 7, President Ouattara touched the consequences of this acquittal, allowing his rival to return to his country when he wished, promising him all the subjects related to his status as an former head of state.

Mr. Gbagbo, who kept the high hand on the party he created, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), intends to participate, in a way that remains blurred, to the policy of "national reconciliation" of Alassane Ouattara and is not animated by any spirit of revenge after the humiliation of 2011, according to his loved ones.

In a statement, Laurent Gbagbo is worried about "the violence that is perpetuated" in Côte d'Ivoire

 In a statement, Laurent Gbagbo is worried about © Reuters - Macline Hien The former President Laurent Gbagbo is aimed at his followers after his return to the coast of Ivory. On June 17, 2021, in a former Cocody-Attoban campaign headquarters in Abidjan. Laurent Gbagbo gave its first official communication since its return to Côte d'Ivoire Thursday Last 17 June.

Supporters of Laurent Gbagbo on Saturday welcomed Belgium's announcement to host the ex-Ivoirian president, following his acquittal for war crimes. Although banned from returning to Abidjan, Gbagbo 's release is shaking up Côte d ' Ivoire 's political landscape ahead of the 2020 presidential election. It would have been very difficult for him to come here given the basis in which he was arrested in April 2011." All eyes on 2020. Yet Gbagbo will not be returning to Côte d ' Ivoire . Under the terms of his release, he has to remain in a host country until the International Criminal Court rules on whether to

Supporters of Laurent Gbagbo rally outside the international criminal court in The Hague on Tuesday. “Eight years after the tragic crisis experienced by our country, those same actors risk fuelling the antagonism of the past and the political violence which ensued.” A former university professor turned activist, Gbagbo spent much of the 1980s in exile in France. After returning , he lost the 1990 presidential vote and spent six months in prison in 1992 for his role in student protests.

The images of his marked face and his eyes lost during his arrest in his devastated residence of Abidjan, then then at the golf hotel, the neighborhood of the pro-Ouattara forces where he had been transferred, remain engraved in The memories of Ivorians.

"Open injuries (...) are not closed and there is a fear of the authorities to see Gbagbo re-shake the street, which is one of its trademarks", ralé Rinaldo Depagne, researcher at the International Crisis Group (ICG). That he actively participates in a "real reconciliation would be a good thing, because he has a considerable weight in the political history of this country," he says. According to him, it would also be his "interest", to "finish a career who has had ups and downs".

- What will be his relations with MM. Ouattara and Konan Bédié?

With his return will reform "the trio" that overwrites Ivorian political life for 30 years: Laurent Gbagbo, Alassane Ouattara and Henri Konan Bédié, the Dean, who had succeeded the President and "Father of the Nation" Félix Houphouët-Boigny At his death in 1993. All three were allied or rivals depending on the circumstances.

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The First Ivorian Civil War was a conflict in the Ivory Coast (also known as Côte d ' Ivoire ) that began in 2002. Although most of the fighting ended by late 2004, the country remained split in two, with a rebel-held north and a government-held south.

Koudou Laurent Gbagbo (Gagnoa Bété: Gbagbo [ɡ͡baɡ͡bo]; French pronunciation: [loʁɑ̃ baɡbo]; born 31 May 1945) is an Ivorian politician who was the President of Côte d ' Ivoire from 2000 until his arrest in April 2011.

After having been allied to Ouattara against Gbagbo in 2010, Bédieé today is the independent leader of the former single party who became the main opposition formation, the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (CEO), allied to the party of M . Gbagbo in the last legislative elections, in March.

Laurent Gbagbo has never admitted his defeat against Alassane Ouattara in 2010, but the contacts between the camps of the two men have intensified in recent months to negotiate his return in "the appeasement".

with Henri Konan Bédié, it is for the moment the cordial agreement: In addition to the Alliance to the Legislative, the PDCI participates with the REIT in the organization of the welcome of Laurent Gbagbo.

remains that the dominance of these three older men on political life "testifies to an internal functioning of absolutely undemocratic parties", according to Rinaldo Depagne. "As at the head of the state, a man grabbed most of the powers" for that "no dolphin can appear".

The spokesman for Gbagbo, Justin Katinan Koné, "dream" that they "speak and purify the inheritance", because "if we leave an heritage full of resentment, we will continue to fight".

- Laurent Gbagbo remains popular in Côte d'Ivoire, why?

Despite ten years of absence, Laurent Gbagbo remains popular beyond its original region of Gagnoa (Central West).

principal opponent to Félix Houphouet-Boigny then at Henri Konan Bédié in the 1980s and 1990s, he fought to impose multiparty politics, at the head of events violently repressed by the regime, which earned him the prison and the 'exile.

In a country dominated by large bourgeois families, Laurent Gbagbo, from a modest, socialist environment, "relayed the word of the poor and frustrated with development and that, it is not forgotten," says Rinaldo Depagne, adding that he is "an outstanding tribune" and "has the verb, in a country where we love speaking and where we love humor".

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Côte d'Ivoire: an Ivorian soldier killed during an attack in the north-east of the country .
video: Ivory Coast: at least one soldier killed after an attack in the north of the country (France 24) Your Browser Does Not support this video © AFP Photo / Sia Kambou An Ivorian soldier in the neighborhood of Yopougon, December 2012 (image of illustration). An attack took place Monday night in northeastern Côte d'Ivoire. According to the chief of staff of the armies, a soldier lost his life. The attack took place in the locality of TOUGBO not far from the Burkinabè border.

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