1. Successor of Bictogo
After the death of Amadou Soumahoro last May, the appointment of Adama Bictogo to replace him on the perch in fact left a vacant position in the executive secretariat of the Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP). To fill this key position, the appointment of several personalities has been considered by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and was discussed with some party caciques, including Kandia Camara, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-President of the party, and Adama Bictogo.
Mamadou Touré, Minister of Youth and current deputy spokesperson for the party, figured prominently. This would have symbolized the rejuvenation of the party, but the Head of State did not want a member of the government to hold this position. The minister-adviser to the president, Ibrahim Cissé Bacongo, who had expressed his interest in the post, was therefore preferred to him. He was appointed executive secretary on August 12.
By choosing Bacongo as executive secretary, Ouattara s’assure to have one of his most political relatives at the head of a strategic organ of the party. The appointment of the latter as special adviser to the president, in charge of political affairs with the rank of minister, at the end of July 2021, was not trivial: it took place just over a month ago. after the return of Laurent Gbagbo to Côte d’Ivoire on June 17 of the same year, and before the political dialogue opened the following December. However, Ibrahim Cissé Bacongo is considered more moderate than other caciques of the RHDP, and therefore more able to discuss with l’opposition.
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