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The former first Ivorian Lady Simone Gbagbo has Wednesday asked to be invited to the political dialogue between the government and the opposition that must resume Thursday, calling the executive to associate more actors.

"All the strong forces of the nation", must be associated with the political dialogue, she argued, at a press point that gathered several political organizations and civil society that did not have been invited.

The dialogue between power and the main opposition parties had briefly resumed on December 16 before being interrupted to leave the different actors more time to make proposals.

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This dialogue aims to describe the political climate after the election violence of the October 2020 presidential election that had made 85 dead and 500 wounded.

If with the peaceful legislative of March 2021 and the return three months after Laurent Gbagbo in Côte d'Ivoire, acquitted by international justice, several signs of appeasement are perceptible, certain points of tensions remain.

At the end of December, the Prosecutor of Abidjan Richard Adou had indicated that several opposition figures were always prosecuted for the electoral violence of 2020.

The two main opposition courses, the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI) From the former President Bédié and the Laurent Gbagbo African Peoples Party (PPPA) had then interviewed "on the sincerity of political dialogue".

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For its part, Simone Gbagbo welcomed this dialogue on Wednesday as a "salutary" approach and called for the drafting of a new constitution.

"This constitution is not consensual, it has exacerbated the tensions and more divides the populations," she said, with reference to the deadly violence that have enamelled the re-election of Alassane Ouattara in 2020, for a third term controversial. It also wished to set up a truly independent electoral commission in which members do not belong to political parties or government.

amnated by Ivorian justice in 2018, Simone Gbagbo no longer pursued for crimes against humanity in the 2010-2011 crisis by the International Criminal Court since last July.

It gradually performs its return on the political scene: since last September, it is the godmother of the "Capable Generations Movement", a platform bringing together its movements of support.


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