Ivory Coast: Jean-Louis Billon, (too?) Impatient to be president – Capcov

The 2025 presidential bidding declaration of this successful MP ​​and businessman sparked an uproar in the political arena. But he will first have to convince within his own camp, the PDCI-RDA.

When you are one of the richest men in Côte d’Ivoire, what more can you want? For Jean-Louis Billon, it means becoming President of the Republic. By declaring his candidacy for the presidential election of 2025, on September 22, this fifty-something threw a pavement in the pond. While the debate on the return of an age limit to run for the supreme office has been revived, he wants to give the keys to the country to a new generation of politicians. And to retire the three main figures of the Ivorian political scene, the current president, Alassane Ouattara, 79, and his two predecessors, Laurent Gbagbo and Henri Konan Bédié, respectively 76 and 87 years old.

Four years from the deadline, Billon is the first to reveal his intentions. Prematurely? “It’s not a whim. Already in college, my classmates knew that I had this ambition, ”he slips. This Saturday, September 25, the tensions created by the announcement of his candidacy are still high. However, when stepping through the gate of his verdant villa in the Plateau, calm reigns. In fact, the impatience of the heir to the Sifca agro-industrial empire was no secret in Abidjan.

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