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Côte d’Ivoire: I grant my forgiveness to all those who have caused harm to the Ivorian nation-Simone Gbagbo

Former first lady of Côte d’Ivoire, Simone Gbagbo, asked for “forgiveness” for the victims of several violent political crises, during a meeting in Bouaké (centre) on Sunday, several months before regional and local elections and two election years before presidential election.

“I would like to once again ask forgiveness from the whole nation and all those who have endured terrible suffering, who have lost their parents, their jobs and were forced into exile,” she said. in Bouaké, the stronghold of the armed uprising that took place in 2002 to overthrow the regime of former president Laurent Gbagbo, her ex-husband.

The uprising, which included militias, took control of the northern half of the country for several years. “I forgive all those who have harmed the Ivory Coast nation and who I am,” “my relatives” and his “political family,” she added.

“I urge all politicians in Côte d’Ivoire to follow me in this exercise,” she continued in front of thousands of activists and supporters of her party, the Generations of Competence Movement. (MGC). Also present at the speech were representatives of the ruling party, the Houphouët Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), and the main opposition party, the Ivory Coast Democratic Party Protest Democratic Union of Africa (PDCI-RDA). Simone Gbagbo also demanded the return of the leader of the 2002 uprising, Guillaume Soro, now in exile and sentenced to life in prison by Côte d’Ivoire in June 2021 for his involvement in the uprising plot in 2019.

According to her, for the “interest” of Côte d’Ivoire “he returned to the country and he had the opportunity to participate in the national reconciliation process”, initiated by the current head of the Alassane Ouattara, stating It is clear that she “disapprove” of Mr Soro’s “role” in the 2002 crisis, but she “forgave” him.

Sentenced to 20 years in prison in Côte d’Ivoire in 2015 for “undermining national security”, for acts related to the 2010-2011 post-election crisis,

Simone Gbagbo benefited from the process, the national reconciliation amnesty law passed in 2018. Alassane Ouattara’s victory in the 2010 presidential election, contested by incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, led to a crisis that lasted five months and claimed the lives of 3,000 people.

Complaining about the lack of “transparency” and “fairness”, Ms Gbagbo also asked for the postponement of regional and municipal elections scheduled for September 2023, the first election in which her party, was established in 2022, will participate.

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