Ex Ivory Coast President Gbagbo Launches New Party, Vows To Stay In Politics

At the same time, he suggested it was time for “the elders” to retire from active electoral politics, a reference to himself as well as to the current president, Alassane Ouattara, who defeated him in 2010, and former President Henri Konan Bedie.

Ouattara has also called for power to be handed off to a new generation after three decades of national politics dominated by the three men. Ouattara is 79 and Bedie is 87.

Ouattara ran for and won a third term last year after the candidate he had designated to succeed him suddenly died.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, has West Africa’s third-largest economy and has seen some of the world’s fastest economic growth over the past decade.

The International Criminal Court found there was insufficient evidence that Gbagbo was personally responsible for killings and other crimes committed by pro-government forces during the 2010-2011 civil war, in which more than 3,000 people died.

Gbagbo still faces a potential 20-year prison sentence that was handed down in Ivory Coast in November 2019 on charges of misappropriating funds from the regional central bank during the war. The government has not said whether it plans to enforce the verdict, or whether Gbagbo will be pardoned. (Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly Writing by Aaron Ross Editing by Frances Kerry)

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