Relationship woes

Côte d’Ivoire: Have Gbagbo & Goudé’s relationship come to an end?

By Florence Richard

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Posted on September 27, 2022 10:14

 Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé © Peter Dejong / POOL / AFP – Montage JA
Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé © Peter Dejong / POOL / AFP – Montage JA

Within the PPA-CI, the “Blé Goudé case” is making waves. Charles Blé Goudé’s decision not to join the party of his “mentor” Laurent Gbagbo has been a source of tension. It also raises questions about the place given to those on the left who do not align themselves with the former president.

“The party will not comment.” End of the chapter. Justin Koné Katinan refuses to revisit the episode that was commented on extensively in the press and on television last June. In front of journalists, the spokesman for the Parti des Peuples Africains de Côte d’Ivoire (PPA-CI) mentioned Charles Blé Goudé’s case. The former leader of the Jeunes Patriotes had received his ordinary passport a few weeks earlier and, in The Hague where he still resides, is now waiting for the green light from the Ivorian authorities to return to Côte d’Ivoire. Standing behind his desk, Katinan does not beat about the bush. “We say it without any hatred, we are not together,” he says. “On the political terrain, we are opponents. This must be made clear to Ivorians, to our supporters.”

Goudé’s decision to transform his movement, the Congrès Panafricain pour la Justice et l’Égalité des Peuples (Cojep), into a

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