Prominent members of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s main coalition partner – RHDP (The Houphouëtiste Rally for Democracy and Peace) – recently rejected a deal by their party’s leader to support Ouattara’s bid for re-election later this year.
The agreement they were rejecting was struck by former President Henri Konan Bedie, the leader of the PDCI. He announced in September that his party would not field a candidate in elections expected in October and would throw its support behind Ouattara as an RHDP candidate.
Their party (the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast – PDCI) leader Henri Konan Bedie, as expected influenced his party to endorse the deal against the will of the majority. The decision was recently validated and the party announced its support in the first round for the candidacy of Alassane Ouattara in the coming presidential of October 2015. But the four dissidents who opposed the decision are threatening to present their own candidacies and challenge Ouattara at the 2015 polls.
“Backing Ouattara would finish the PDCI off once and for all,”
Kouadio Konan Bertin, the party’s former youth leader and currently a member of parliament, told a press conference in the commercial capital Abidjan.
He was joined by ex-Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny, former foreign affairs minister Amara Essy and a former deputy speaker of parliament, Jerome Brou Kablan.
Mr Amara Essy, recently gave his position on the matter in an interview with RFI. Listen…
Mr Amara Essy : “Le congrès avait décidé que le PDCI aurait un candidat” (credit: RF)
After finishing third in the first round of the last election in 2010, Bedie’s support in a run-off facilitated Ouattara argument of victory of the election. In exchange for its support, the PDCI gained the post of prime minister, along with several other key government portfolios.
Then even though the PDCI militants never in fact followed their decision to vote for Alassane Ouattara in the run-off. Alassane and its rebels used the argument of the 2/3 coalition among the 3 main parties to claim victory by illegally forcing the electoral commission head to announce his victory at their own campaign headquarter. President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept that result and the world’s top cocoa grower plunged into a civil war that killed some 3,000 people.
Few weeks ago, the four PDCI dissidents said they would defy the party congress if it supports the arrangement between Ouattara and Bedie and would stand in this year’s elections anyway.
“We won’t be independent candidates, … We will be PDCI candidates.”