Ivorian President Alassane Dramane Ouattara will meet with his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, on Tuesday. This is the first time since their face-to-face meeting during the 2010 presidential elections, which led to a serious post-election crisis. Laurent Gbagbo returned to Côte d’Ivoire on June 17, 2021, after being finally acquitted by the ICC (International Criminal Court).
The former President of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, will be received in audience, on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at the Palace of the Presidency in Abidjan, by the current head of state of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Dramane Ouattara. The information was delivered yesterday, Wednesday, July 21, by the government spokesman, the Minister of Communication, Media and Francophonie, Amadou Coulibaly, at the end of the Council of Ministers.
« President Alassane Ouattara will receive Laurent Gbagbo on July 27 at the presidential palace, » said Amadou Coulibaly at a press conference. This meeting between Laurent Gbagbo, who returned to the country on Thursday, June 17, 2021, after his acquittal by the International Criminal Court (ICC), and Alassane Dramane Ouattara, will inevitably be an important phase in the national reconciliation process.
This will be their first meeting since the 2010 presidential election, when they were opponents in the second round. At the time, Côte d’Ivoire experienced a serious post-election crisis (2010-2011), with more than 3,000 deaths and Laurent Gbagbo was arrested in April 2011, before being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity.