On Friday, a pro-Gbagbo FPI delegation, led by former Minister Assoa Adou, was received by Prime Minister Patrick Achi. The two parties discussed methods of returning to former President Laurent Gbagbo. If the Prime Minister is again involved in the matter, the information about “LG” return is still very fragmented.
as reported from Abidjan, François Hume-Ferkatadji
Started under the government of Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko (died in February), discussions with the FPI on the terms of President Laurent Gbagbo’s return, resumed at the highest peak in the state. It is again the Prime Minister who will be responsible for the matter. The new Prime Minister Patrick Achia therefore received a delegation from the FPI, known as “Gor”, led by Assoa Adou, the party’s secretary general. “The Prime Minister said he was happy and assured us of his support and of the President of the Republic. He hoped that everything would go quickly in the organization of this return “, Assoa Adou explained at the end of this meeting.
But in detail, very little information has been filtered out on these exchanges. “It was mainly to update the case,” said a member of the FPI’s dissident branch. “The discussions focused on security issues, channeling of populations and the protocol service” also assures this source which specifies that the competent government services will soon be mobilized.
In early April, President Alassane Ouattara announced that the state would cover the cost of this return, but almost a month after this announcement, no date has been set. According to a source close to the Prime Minister, it will “be decided by mutual agreement between the Reception Committee, the Protocol and the Security Services”; it also indicates that the “implementation phase” for this return has begun, and another meeting will be held on Monday.