Ivory Coast: on the occasion of his vows, Henri Konan Bédié warns against divisions

Former Ivorian President Henri Konan Bédié, September 12, 2020 in Yamoussoukro.

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After Pascal Affi N'Guessan on Saturday at the FPI, it was former President Henri Konan Bédié who in turn pronounced his wishes for 2023 in front of the PDCI-RDA militants gathered at his Daoukro stronghold on Sunday January 29.

The opportunity for a turn of the screw against the slingers of the historic party, bloodless and divided nine months before the municipal elections. 


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With our correspondent in Abidjan,

Marine Jeannin

It is a warning shot of which Henri Konan Bédié did not name the recipients, but these should recognize themselves without difficulty.

In front of the militants of his party, the PDCI-RDA, the former Ivorian president promised to be “ 

intransigent with regard to all those who will pose acts contrary to the cohesion of the party



 cannot allow disorder and division to flourish 

,” he added.

Because times are tough for the oldest party in Côte d'Ivoire.

Several of its executives, including Narcisse N'Dri, the former chief of staff of Henri Konan Bédié, have already left to join the RHDP.

And among those who remain, some rebels now dare to dream aloud of replacing the historic leader during his lifetime... In particular Jean-Louis Billon, the vice-president of the PDCI, who announced in mid-January his intention to be

a candidate for the 2025 presidential election


He also asked for the return of the age limit to 75 for presidential candidates, which could exclude Alassane Ouattara, Laurent Gbagbo and… Henri Konan Bédié himself from the ballot box.

In March, the PDCI should meet in an extraordinary congress, announced the latter, to “

bring its statutes and rules of procedure into conformity


And therefore begin to draw the outlines of the party's candidacy for 2025.


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