After a sober ceremony in 2021 due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the 62nd anniversary of independence was celebrated with great fanfare in Yamoussoukro. the temps of a weekend, the immense avenues of the native village of Félix Houphouët-Boigny were crowded. Hundreds of people flocked to Place Jean-Paul II, where the civil-military parade took place.
Under tents, traditional and religious leaders, diplomats and politicians had made the trip. The Vice-President of the Republic Tiémoko Meyliet Koné, the Premier Minister Patrick Achi as well as members of the government were present, as well as certain opposition leaders including Pascal Affi N’Guessan, president of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) and Albert Mabri Toikeusse, president of the Union for Democracy and Peace in Côte d’Ivoire (UDPCI).