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US News in Abidjan, meeting at the summit between Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo

10:53  27 july  2021
10:53  27 july  2021 Source:   france24.com

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La crise de 2010 en Côte d'Ivoire, née du refus de Laurent Gbagbo (à gauche), au pouvoir depuis 2000, de reconnaître sa défaite à la présidentielle face à Alassane Ouattara a fait plus de 3 000 morts. © Issouf Sanogo, Kambou SIA AFP The 2010 crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, born of the Laurent Gbagbo refusal (left), in power since 2000, of Recognizing his defeat in the presidential election against Alassane Ouattara did more than 3,000 deaths.

The long-awaited face-to-face between the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo must take place on Tuesday at the presidential palace in Abidjan. A meeting of which many hope that it will permanently turn the violent political crisis of 2010.

in Ivory Coast, the President, Alassane Ouattara , and his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo must meet, Tuesday, July 27th. A first since their duel to the 2010 presidential election that led to a violent crisis.

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After a first telephone contact at the beginning of July, this face-to-face, provided for in the presidential palace in Abidjan, should be a gesture further towards the appeasement of political life in Côte d'Ivoire, in continuity the return of Laurent Gbagbo to the country on June 17th.

" Laurent Gbagbo is in a spirit of openness, dialogue and reconciliation", assures AFP Franck Anderson Kouassi, spokesman of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Laurent Gbagbo's party.

"He can not exclude whatever whatsoever with a major player in politics, it goes into the line of our disposition to meet President Ouattara," he adds.

"It's a courtesy visit to his eldest (...) If it can describe the political atmosphere, so much the better," commented on his side Justin Katinan Koné, spokesman for Laurent Gbagbo, however, calling "Not to give more relief to this meeting than it does.

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"There has never been an interruption of dialogue in our country and will continue because this is the will of the government" , said the government spokesman, Amadou Coulibaly.

Since the return of Laurent Gbagbo, paid by the international justice of crimes against humanity, the word reconciliation is on all the lips. It is not obvious, however, both the history between the two men remains intimately marked by the post-election violence of 2010-2011.

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This crisis born of the refusal of Laurent Gbagbo, in power since 2000, to recognize its defeat in the presidential election In Alassane Ouattara did more than 3,000 deaths. Definitely acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), Laurent Gbagbo has been able to return to Côte d'Ivoire thanks to the green light of its former rival, always on behalf of "national reconciliation".

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The government had also suggested that it would not apply the sentence of Laurent Gbagbo to twenty years in prison for the "robbery" of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) during the events of 2010 -2011.

"The two protagonists of the crisis will meet, it is not totally trifinious! The meeting will not erase the abyssal differences between them, but it is an evolution of this relation: the face-to-face is a Resumption of live speech ", highlights the political analyst Rodrigue Koné at AFP.

According to him, the camp of the President in Exercise "interprets this meeting as a recognition of the legitimacy and legality of Alassane Ouattara by Laurent Gbagbo. In such a visible and official way that had not been acting yet. It is symbolically very important ".

, however, to imagine Laurent Gbagbo remain discreet in the Ivorian political game. Since his return, he has already asserted himself as a leading political opponent in Alassane Ouattara.

Very quickly, he had gone to meet Henri Konan Bédie, another former president, now heavy weight of the opposition and he had not failed to scratch Alassane Ouattara.

He had called for her to "respect the texts", with reference to his re-election in 2020 for a third controversial mandate, during a presidential boycotted by the opposition which judged this new mandate unconstitutional.

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© AFP - SIA Kambou Laurent Gbagbo. June 28, 2021. Back in the country and a few days after his meeting with Alassane Ouattara, former President Laurent Gbagbo met on Monday, August 2, several associations of marriage of political activists of imprisoned activists during the 2010 post-election crises. 2011 and 2020. Laurent Gbagbo again affirmed his desire to release these prisoners.

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