In Turkey, Switzerland, Belgium, Dubai or from Paris? Difficult to know where Guillaume Soro is, on September 17, when he delivers his speech after his election to the presidency of Generations & Peoples in Solidarity (GPS), his political movement. “He is in Europe,” the members of his inner circle invariably reply evasively.
In pièce where the echo slams against the walls, standing between two kakemonos representing him arms crossed, he explains in this statement broadcast on social networks that he regrets an election without suspense – he was the only candidate for re-election, while understanding that he there are few candidates for a position that “rhymes with life imprisonment, international tracking, the harshest exile”. Would he miss the preparation for political battles, the adrenaline of contested elections, the satisfaction of snatching victories? Without a doubt.
“We can’t trust him”
In exile since the end of 2019, Guillaume Soro has never given up on his political ambitions and his hopes of returning to Abidjan. Little imported the time it will take. After all, he has just turned 50, he repeats. “In Afghanistan, the Taliban entered Kabul well when no one expected it, no one”, affirms, using a very risky metaphor, a relative who is convinced of it. “In politics, anything is possible, especially in Côte d’Ivoire. »
Ivory Coast: the pillars of the Soro system
However, the prospect of a return of the former Prime Minister to Ivorian soil today seems very slim, if not zero. Contact with the Ivorian authorities is completely broken. Attempts at mediation, notably via certain African heads of state such as the Congolese Denis Sassou Nguesso, have failed. “No one intercedes on his behalf anymore,” says a source.