Speculation has been rife for months about a possible rapprochement between the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), chaired by Laurent Gbagbo’s former Prime Minister (2000-2003) Pascal Affi N’Guessan, and the Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la democracy and the peace (RHDP), in power. From now on, the agreement is assumed. “We are considering an alliance with the RHDP”, slips Issiaka Sangaré, the secretary general of the FPI. “We are waiting for things to fall into place. But all I can say is that we are optimistic,” he adds.
“Relations have calmed down with the various parties that were involved in ‘civil disobedience’ [appel lancé par une large partie de l’opposition suite à la réélection d’Alassane Ouattara en 2020, ndlr]. We now walk together with the FPI”, recognizes a heavyweight of the RHDP on condition of anonymity. But he tempers: “There must still be discussions. An agreement is one thing, an electoral agreement is another. »
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The exact content of this alliance has not yet been determined. Only one thing is certain: a merger of the FPI within the RHDP is not currently envisaged. The FPI wishes to keep its identity and stand for election with its own logo.