Ivory Coast: a meeting between Ouattara, Gbagbo and Bédié scheduled for July 14

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara attends the ECOWAS summit to discuss the transitional roadmap for Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea, in Accra, Ghana July 3, 2022. REUTERS - FRANCIS KOKOROKO

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It's official: Alassane Ouattara will receive his predecessors Henri Konan Bédié and Laurent Gbagbo as president next week.

The date was confirmed by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday: it will be July 14.


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With our correspondent in Abidjan,

Pierre Pinto

The meeting of the three pillars of Ivorian politics had been mentioned during the political dialogue which took place at the beginning of the year between all the Ivorian parties.

The principle had been recorded several weeks ago.

All that remained was to make the three agendas coincide.

Henri Konan Bédié was monopolized until the beginning of June by the funeral of his brother in Daoukro.

Laurent Gbagbo, he made a long stay in Europe

from where he only returned on June 28th.

It will therefore be July 14, confirmed the government spokesman after the Council of Ministers on Wednesday.


The head of state speaks regularly with former presidents.

They are already talking on the phone.

But it was also important, since it was a wish of the political dialogue, that this meeting take place.

And it is in this context that this meeting will take place 

, ”commented Amadou Coulibaly.

On the table of the three presidents, the question of so-called “ 


” prisoners, arrested during the electoral crises of 2010-2011 and 2020. And then the elections.

The presidential election of 2025, but before that, the local and regional elections of 2023 and the electoral environment.

As a pledge as a prelude to this meeting, the government announced on Wednesday that it was tabling a bill creating two new seats on the central commission of the CEI.

One for the ruling party, the other for the opposition, which should go to Laurent Gbagbo's PPA-CI.

Project which also creates a post of fourth vice-president at the office of the IEC, as requested by the opposition.


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