In the spotlight: the cocoa of disagreement

Cocoa at 1000 CFA francs per Kilo and Côte d’Ivoire. One month before the expected date of the presidential election, Alassane Ouattara announces a purchase price for the farm gate for the cocoa bean, which has risen sharply.

On the occasion of the launch of the 2020-2021 cocoa campaign, President Alassane Ouattara, who is currently campaigning for a third term, strongly opposed by the opposition, actually announced yesterday, Thursday in Yamoussoukro, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire, a purchase price for plants of 1000 CFA -franc pr. kilos all the way up, suddenly by 21% compared to the previous campaign!

“Thank you, President!” Launches Le Patriote on the front page, this newspaper close to Alassane Ouattara, confirming that it would be the “farmers” who would thus thank the “Head of State”.

“Ouattara” pampers “the plants”, improves L’Expression’s front page, the plants “say” yes “to Ouattara”, offers the newspaper Le Matin, these two dailies are also close to the Ivorian president.

The independent Ivorian press is more nuanced. Thus, the front page of the Soir Info newspaper actually emphasizes that Alassane Ouattara announced “good news” to the peasants, assuring them that he was their “friend”. Another nuance with the newspaper L’Inter, which belongs to the same press group as Soir Info, and which rather wonders “why Ouattara set the price of the courtyard gate at 1000 CFA / kg”.

Why ? For the daily Notre Voie, the answer to this simple question leaves no doubt: it is “an electoral decision”. This newspaper close to the trend towards the Ivorian popular front by Pascal Affi N’Guessan explains in One that “Ouattara wants to distract the peasants” one month from the date scheduled for the presidential election.

In addition, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Adjoumani Kobénan Kouassi, defector of the PDCI, yesterday embarked on the meeting in Yamoussoukro, where the new cocoa price was announced by President Ouattara, the daily Le Temps a ce morgen impression that Adjoumani transformed the ceremony in Yamoussou “to a real political space in the Rhdp (…) We have (vait) the impression that we were at a meeting in the Rhdp”, this emphasizes daily close to ex-president Laurent Gbagbo.

Ouattara chocolate?

But the newspaper Le Nouveau Réveil goes even further by estimating that 1000F / kg for cocoa is nothing more than a “scam for plants, a great opportunity for crooked buyers and exporters”, that is “Ouattara’s presidential campaign award in 2020!” And without delay announces this daily close to the PDCI-RDA, the historic party founded by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the true king of plants, the answer by signaling on the front page that “the opposition is preparing a major battle in Abidjan”, his colleague L’Héritage, which specified that the Ivorian opposition would consider a “giga meeting in Félicia on October 10”, that is, at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium in Abidjan.

As we can see, tensions are once again high in Côte d’Ivoire, where a month before the October 31 presidential election, the opposition “suspended” its participation in the Independent Electoral Commission, which is worrying. also the press in neighboring Burkina Faso. Witness the daily ouagalais The country, stressing that “every day that passes in Côte d’Ivoire now brings its share of concerns over the holding of the presidential election.” According to Le Pays, “things are getting more complicated for the ADO (…) By sweeping the African Court of Human Rights’ orders and ignoring the calls of the international community, it is an Alassane Ouattara who risks running alone in the presidential election”. A connoisseur of this subject, Le Pays warns that “the signals are bright red on the banks of the Ebrié Lagoon”.

Condé / Ouattara, Occupation of the Third Period

His colleague Wakat Sera extends this analysis to Guinea. “How many more deaths to reach the third term?” Requests this Ouagadougou daily and treats Guinea’s President Alpha Condé and Ivorian Alassane Ouattara as “predators of democracy and human rights”, with Wakat Sera condemning “drama as they build, in their stubbornness to go to the 3rd term”.


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