World Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo comes out of his silence

21:25  29 october  2020
21:25  29 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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L'ancien président ivoirien Laurent Gbagbo devant la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) de La Haye, le 6 février 2020. © AFP - JERRY LAMPEN Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, February 6, 2020.

The former Ivorian head of state Laurent Gbagbo, who had not spoken publicly since his arrest in April 2011, said two days before the presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire that his country was heading towards "disaster" , during an interview with TV5 Monde. He also called for dialogue.

From Belgium where he is awaiting a possible appeal before the International Criminal Court (ICC), after his acquittal of crimes against humanity, Laurent Gbagbo left his reserve to call for dialogue, while many Ivorians fear new violence around the presidential election of October 31.

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"What awaits us is disaster. That's why I'm speaking. So that people know that I do not agree to go hand in hand with the disaster. We must discuss", did he declare. "Discuss! Negotiate! Talk together! There is always time to do it (...). I am resolutely on the side of the opposition. I say, given my experience, that we must negotiate!", Insisted the former president.

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Mr. Gbagbo's speech had been awaited for months by his supporters, who hope for his return to Côte d'Ivoire. He did not speak when his relatives submitted his candidacy for this presidential election, or when this candidacy was invalidated by the Ivorian Constitutional Council.

"Since my arrest on April 11, 2011, I have not spoken, except during the interrogation before the ICC (...). I waited to be in Côte d'Ivoire before speaking (... ), but today I see that the quarrels are leading us into an abyss (...). If I remain silent, it would not be responsible, so I decided to speak out "he adds

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election This Saturday is held in Côte d'Ivoire the first round of the presidential election to designate a successor to Alassane Ouattara, elected in 2010, and candidate for a third term deemed by the opposition "unconstitutional". The outgoing president finally decided, in August 2010, to run after the death of the successor he had appointed, Amadou Gon Coulibaly.

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Ten years after the post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011 which left 3,000 dead, attempts at dialogue between the government and the opposition have remained a dead letter. The opposition demands the withdrawal of the president's candidacy, as well as a reform of the Independent Electoral Commission and of the Constitutional Council, which it considers "subservient" to power.

Anger, "I understand it and I share it" continues Laurent Gbagbo. "Why do we want to serve a third term? We have to respect what we write, what we say (...) If we write one thing and do another, we witness what is coming today, ”said the 75-year-old former president.

The Ivorian Constitution only authorizes two presidential terms, but, according to Alassane Ouattara, the adoption of a new constitution in 2016 has reset the counter to zero. An interpretation validated by the Constitutional Council but fiercely contested by the opposition.

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