Following a first official contact two weeks ago between re-elected President Alassane Ouattara and opposition leader Henri Konan Bédié, negotiations on resolving the current political crisis are at a standstill. The young activists from various opposition parties spoke in silence on both sides on Friday 27 November to ensure that the slogan for civil disobedience launched on 20 November is still in force.
as reported from Abidjan, Sidy Yansane
One week after Henri Konan Bédié’s unilateral shutdown of the political dialogue on November 20, discretion seems to be in order, both on the part of the opposition parties and on the side of power.
On Friday, the youth departments on the various opposition platforms took the opportunity to occupy the space and convey the usual message from their elders. Namely, the failure to respect the constitution of President Alassane Ouattara, recently re-elected for a third term questioned by his opponents.
The president of the PDCI’s youth, the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire, Valentin Kouassi, also wants to remind that the system of civil disobedience that was sent to the militants before the presidential election is still in order. “The opposition as a whole has declared that it did not recognize this election,” he explained. [Henri Konan]Bédié, as a peacemaker, showed all his will to go to peace. But that does not mean he stops fighting. Our leaders have never instructed us on any other slogan than the one in force since September 20, 2020, namely civil disobedience ”.
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However, the young opponents do not specify how the latter will be translated, now that the election has been held. However, they recall the different conditions for each resumption of dialogue, including the release of opposition figures, including the president of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Pascal Affi N’Guessan.
Earlier this week, the government still made sure that despite the suspension of the dialogue, the head of state Alassane Ouattara and his best enemy Henri Konan Bédié stood all the time.