the largest opposition parties absent from the discussion table

To negotiate, the Ivorian opposition trusts the international community. The government had invited the parties and political groups to a “working session” on “the framework for organizing the vote”, while the country is experiencing a political crisis as the presidential election approaches. First scheduled for October 14, then on the 15th, the resumption of dialogue between the government and the political parties was finally held this Saturday in a room with the Prime Minister. But the major opposition parties or movements, PDCI, FPI-AFFI, EDS did not show up.

as reported from Abidjan, François Hume-Ferkatadji

It was in front of an empty chair that Hamed Bakayoko took his place at the political dialogue table. Only representatives of the RHDP and other small, insignificant parties were present. Before the Prime Minister started, the Prime Minister condemned opposition strategy which, according to him, consists in creating a balance of power in the country, even disturbances, to lead to the postponement of the vote.

“I want to tell them our belief in the outcome of this process, so that people stop thinking that there will be an unusual situation to impose on us things we do not need. Let them come so we can discuss among the brothers, in an Ivorian dialogue, because the solution never comes from outside. ”

A national dialogue is precisely what the opposition no longer wants, which has lost confidence in the government and the institutions considered to be subordinate to power. However, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, president of the FPI-recognized branch of the authorities, denies any refusal of dialogue.

“There was no longer any reason for this meeting, we all had to rely on international mediation. Afterwards, if we have the beginning of a compromise, we can meet to finish, but I do not see why when a mission arrives on Sunday, people convene on Saturday? It made no sense, it was pointless. “

A mission from Cedéo is actually expected this Sunday in Abidjan. In the same vein, Henri Konan Bédié, President of the PDCI, wrote in a letter published yesterday calling for “trust in the international community”, in particular the United Nations, to find solutions to this political crisis.

Acts of civil disobedience, especially in the eastern part of the country

Some mobilizations took place calmly, others were punctured by violence. Report on the Daoukro-Bongouanou axis.

Facing the long line of vehicles forming, the atmosphere becomes tense, but everyone insists: they want to hear their voices in a peaceful way.