The opposition party of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) has nominated its president, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, as a candidate for the October Ivory Coast presidential election because of the lack of the former president’s name, internal divisions are taking place among the candidates Laurent Gbagbo.
The FPI held an extraordinary congress in Abidjan on Saturday to elect its candidate, with Affi N’Guessan being the only option, which implies that Gbagbo will not go to the poll again, according to the Koaci news portal.
The party’s general secretary, Issiaka Sangaré, supported Affi N’Guessan, who was prime minister under the Gbagbo presidency between 2000 and 2003. “You need a leader who is an educated and built man who knows the challenges of our time,” he decided.
Affi N’Guessan, who accepted the nomination, stressed that “the 2020 elections offer an opportunity to end this tragedy” while denouncing that Ivory Coast was “taken hostage” and victim of “current mismanagement” President Alassane Ouattara.