Avid supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast president, have declared that they will file candidacy bid in his name for the upcoming presidential elections. The pro-Gbagbo coalition believe that their action is supposedly in line with scheduled procedures.
According to reports, the presidential bid on his behalf could still hold as the head of The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Ibrahim Coulibaly-Kuibiert asserted that one need not be physically present to file.
Gbagbo was sentenced to 20 years in prison for “robbery” of the Central Bank of West African States, during the post-election crisis of 2010. He was later acquitted in a court of first instance and has since moved to Brussels in Belgium, Europe where he is still awaiting a possible appeal.
Analysts say Gbagbo’s return to national politics is highly sensitive, as the country remains scarred by a conflict that erupted after presidential elections in 2010 when Gbagbo – in office since 2000 – refused to accept defeat and hand over power to Ouattara.
3000 people were recorded dead from the conflict that ensued.
75-year-old Gbagbo has not made any public statement about whether he wishes to run again.
Meanwhile, the sitting president, 78-year-old Ouattara, has already filed his candidacy.
Ouattara’s decision to run for a third-term has been declared unconstitutional by the opposition. He had initially said he would not run again, but after the shocking death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, his anointed successor, he changed his mind.
NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: News Agencies