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US News Côte d'Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo launches the Party of African Peoples

21:15  17 october  2021
21:15  17 october  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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the former President Ivorian Laurent Gbagbo endorsed Sunday the clothes of a pan-Africanist leader by launching a new movement, the African Peoples Party of Ivory Coast (PPA), which concretizes his return to the foreground on the political scene, after ten years of absence.

"We will resume together our way," launched Mr. Gbagbo, in front of several hundred executives and activists for his first speech before a hearing of this scope since his return to Côte d'Ivoire, mid-June.

In a speech of more than one hour, filled with anecdotes, it is long returned to its years of incarceration in The Hague (2011-2019) and the prosecutions for crime against humanity engaged by the International Criminal Court ( CPI) of which it was finally acquitted last year.

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"I will do politics until my death!", Assured former head of state, under an ovation.

On the night from Saturday to Sunday, Laurent Gbagbo had, unsurprisingly, was elected at the head of the PPA by an acclamation of the some 1,600 delegates present in Abidjan.

"We wondered: who's going to lead the party? We sought ... and we found,", Ironized the President of the Congress, Sébastien Danojedje, under the laughter and applause as it was obvious that Mr. Gbagbo , central figure of this party, was going to be the president.

The PPP-CI logo - the fingers of both hands intertwined in a map of Africa - was then formalized, symbolizing the pan-African target of this new party and its leader.

"Look at the world and see what are the powerful, it's large countries, China, the United States, Russia, Canada. As long as we are in micro-states we are nothing. It is necessary That African states unite! ", said Laurent Gbagbo, referring to the United States of Africa, a concept many times evoked but never realized.

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Several political representatives of a dozen African countries were present this weekend for the Party Launch Congress.

- New opposition force -

The FPI founded in hiding in 1982, is now in the hands of its former Prime Minister Pascal Affé N'guessan, with which Mr. Gbagbo, 76, is a political break.

But a large majority of FPI executives followed Mr. Gbagbo in this new adventure.

An absence was noticed this weekend, that of Simone Gbabgo, former first lady whose Laurent Gbagbo recently requested the divorce.

On the move to the Democratic Republic of Congo, it multiplies the signals in recent weeks to trace its own political path.

This new party could become one of the main opposition forces, with the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI) of the former President Henri Konan Bédié.

Its manifesto mentions the "obvious decline in democratic achievements in the country" and criticizes "financial dependence" with foreign powers.

Saturday, the No. 2 of the ruling party, Adama Bictogo, present at the PPA Congress Tribune, launched a message of appeasement.

"This new party that will be born will strengthen democratic vitality," he said.

Regarding the next presidential election of 2025 which already animates the debates in Côte d'Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo has allowed the suspense on its intentions.

"At that age, after this course the wisdom is to decide to leave. But I decided that I will not leave abruptly ..." He said Sunday.

The Executive plans to introduce an age limit to 75 years to introduce themselves. The head of state Alassane Ouattara and his predecessors Laurent Gbagbo and Henri Konan Bédié would then be prevented from competing.

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