The posture and the tone are deliberately very solemn. The video, published Friday September 9 on Facebook, whose publication was carefully announced a few days in advance, lasts about fifteen minutes. Seated behind a desk, in front of windows dressed in heavy beige curtains, straight back, dark fitted suit, Charles Blé Goudé comments on the news, notes at support.
Although the case of the Ivorian soldiers detained in Mali is discussed at length, the substance of the matter quickly turns out to be a bit of a catch-all with an analysis of the security and social situation in Mali and a point of view on the increase the salary of civil servants in Côte d’Ivoire. This is the first time that the former Ivorian Minister for Youth has spoken at length, alone in front of the camera, a year and a half after his final acquittal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of crimes against humanity, an institution where he still has to clock in twice a week.
Ivory Coast: Charles Blé Goudé, the forgotten of The Hague
“We’re not going back on that”
From The Hague, Charles Blé Goudé takes care of his communication and his image. The evocation of the Young Patriots, dont he was the leader, or the attribution of the nickname of “general of the street” is to be avoided, suggests his entourage. “These are pseudonyms that were used in a very specific context, in another era. An era that has passed, there is no going back on that. Everything evolves, everything is dynamic”, develops the former student leader during an interview which he grants exceptionally by telephone. Until then, only journalists traveling to the Netherlands could question him. A measure aimed, according to its communicators, to limit misinterpretations or truncated remarks. More certainly to control his image, while in Abidjan, his supporters are leading a campaign against “the demonization of Charles Wheat Goude”.
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