Charles Blé Goudé makes Yamoussoukro vibrate without confirming his candidacy for 2025


Abdou Nar Dia

May 12, 2024 at 10:31 p.m.

Preparations for the 2025 presidential election in Ivory Coast are in full swing. This weekend, Charles Blé Goudé, head of Cojep and former Minister of Youth, hosted an expected political return to Yamoussoukro. In front of a large audience, however, he left the mystery surrounding his possible candidacy hanging.

In a speech lasting almost two hours, Blé Goudé suggested that ‘2025 will not happen without us’, without formalizing his participation in the presidential race. Despite everything, the ex-minister encouraged his supporters to register on the electoral lists, while calling for political renewal in Côte d’Ivoire.

The legal context, however, complicates the situation for Blé Goudé, still under sentence of 20 years in prison for charges linked to the post-electoral crisis of 2011. He raises the injustice of not having been pardoned or amnestied unlike other convicts.

Despite these obstacles, this gathering was also an opportunity for Charles Blé Goudé to promote a political project focused on education, health and the fight against corruption, thus seeking to revitalize the commitment of his activists.

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