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Ivory coast: PDCI President promises ‘a government of public safety and openness’

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On Wednesday, 29 July 2020, the President of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI, opposition), Henri Konan Bédié pledged to set up “a government of public safety and openness, including all the main political sensitivities” of the country, if he is elected as the country’s president on October 31, 2020.

Bédié was speaking after the proclamation of the results of the local PDCI conventions, which designate him as a candidate for the presidential election in October 2020. He was the only candidate for these internal electoral contests of the party.

“The final results announced today confirm my election as a candidate for the presidential election next October, with a score of 99.67 %% for a participation rate of 94.83%,” said Bédié.

The former Ivorian head of state will carry the torch of PDCI for the presidential election of October 2020. He wants to achieve national reconciliation, which according to him is “not effective to date”, to rebuild a republican army , and allow “the free exercise and protection of the activities of political parties, to date threatened, with a view to restoring democracy and the rule of law in Côte d’Ivoire”.

“To achieve these three objectives, I am committed to setting up a government of public safety and openness, including all the main political sensitivities, of our country”, declared the Sphinx of Daouokro.

For him, this victory must inevitably prepare the accession to the supreme office of the former single party during the presidential election of October 31, 2020.

He was delighted with the moments of happiness shared with party members.

“I would like to send you my warm and sincere congratulations on your fidelity and loyalty to the noble ideals of our great party. You have stood firm, thanks to your tenacity, we are going to write, for future generations, new glorious pages of our political action”, he continued.

He then sent his congratulations to the executive secretary, Maurice Kakou Guikahué, coordinator of the Convention, and to his team who have worked towards the success of this convention. Bédié appointed Guikahué to lead his campaign.

“In doing so, given the quality of the organisation of the split convention, I entrust the management of the campaign for my candidacy for the presidential election to the Executive Secretary, Head of the Executive Secretariat,” he stated.

Bédié instructed him to propose to him, as soon as possible, the team for the said campaign. To achieve his goal, the former Ivorian president initiated an opposition platform called CDRP (Coalition for Democracy, Reconciliation and Peace), which will take an active part in the battle for the conquest of power.



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