Conclusion. His allies and supporters hope that, in the name of “national reconciliation”, his sentence of 20 years in prison for “detaining” BCEAO will be annulled.
largeAfter Laurent Gbagbo, who was accused of crimes against humanity, and his former youth minister Charles Blé Goudé went through a lengthy process, the supporters of the International Criminal Court greeted enthusiastically The long process brought him a gratifying ending. However, there were no large-scale joyous demonstrations on the streets: about fifty pro-Gbagbo activists wearing swimsuits and loincloth portraits gathered in a “maquis” (popular restaurant) in the Yopougon district of Abidjan , Following Wednesday’s live broadcast of the ICC’s decision, the decision confirmed the acquittal of the former president in 2019. This final acquittal of the International Court of Justice will speed up his return to Abidjan after his absence for ten years, and has repeatedly announced and rejected his decision.
Victorine Tiébesson, a political party activist founded by Gbagbo, the People’s Front of Côte d’Ivoire (FPI), declared: “I am very touched, I am proud that everything is over.” She said: “He will soon be over. Will come back to us. This is a missing link in the Côte d’Ivoire reconciliation.” The Chairman of the Community of Democracy and Sovereignty (EDS, the FPI-led coalition of political parties that supports Gbagbo) and the vice-chairman of Yopougon, Armand Ouégnin, believes that “President Laurent Gbagbo has never Have committed a crime”. “He will contribute to national reconciliation, and he will return to his country triumphantly.” Former President of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI, the former single party has become the main opposition), Henri Konan Bedi (Henri Konan Bédié), now allied with Gbagbo, now with him, he tweeted a cheer His acquittal and the acquittal of Charles Blé Goudé.
Côte d’Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé were acquitted by the International Criminal Court
He wrote: “The acquittal of these two figures and their eventual return to Côte d’Ivoire will surely help relax the country’s political life.” The ruling party, the “Reach for Democracy and Peace” (RHDP), did not respond on Thursday. For Issiaka Diaby of the Côte d’Ivoire Victims Group (CVCI), “this is a decision that embodies impunity and the victims think they are turkeys of legal farce”. Opponent Laurent Gbagbo still believes that he refused to defeat Alassane Ouattara in the 2010 presidential election, throwing his country into chaos.
The former president from 2000 to 2010 was arrested in Abidjan in April 2011 and transferred to The Hague in September of the same year. However, he is still facing 20 years in prison in Côte d’Ivoire due to the crime of “robbery” by the Central Bank of Côte d’Ivoire. West African countries during the 2010-2011 crisis. The verdict has not been lifted. Theoretically, Laurent Gbagbo could be arrested when returning to Côte d’Ivoire. This may be in line with the “nationality” shown by the Alassane Ouattara presidential regime. The desire for reconciliation runs counter to. Failed to provoke potential violent protests.
Political analyst Sylvain N’Guessan pointed out: “It’s hard to imagine sending Laurent Gbagbo to Maca (Abidjan Prison),” he added: “ This will cause turmoil, and since the legislative elections, this trend has rather calmed political relations” (March 6). Gbagbo’s FPI participated in this vote-the first time that all elections were boycotted in ten years-and the victory of the ruling party was not disputed on the street. An exception is Côte d’Ivoire, which has been quite accustomed to electoral violence in recent years. Pro-Gbagbo representatives, including his son Michel, who was elected in Yopgun, also participated in the solemn re-entry of the newly elected National Assembly last Thursday.
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