Simon Gabbo announced on Saturday the formation of his own political party in Abidjan. The former First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire thus breaks politically with Laurent Gagabo, with whom she formed a formidable tandem in power for ten years.
The former first lady of Ivory Coast, Simone Gabbo, created her political movement on Saturday August 20, 2022, two years before the presidential election of 2025.
This political break with former President Laurent Gbagbo, with whom he had formed a formidable tandem in power for ten years. A private rupture follows: Simone and Laurent Gbagbo are in the process of divorce at the request of the latter.
Sole candidate, Simone Ehiwet Gbagbo was elected president of the Movement of the Capable Generation (MGC), with 100% of the vote by several hundred delegates from across the country, during the party’s two-day Constituent Assembly, which took place ends Saturday. Faded away.
Until its transformation into a political party, the MGC was a coalition of movements supporting Simone Gabbo, formed last September, with the next presidential election already in sight.
“We are there, our political party is now in place”, rejoices Simone Gabbo in a set of African dresses in green tones, visibly joyful, going to sketch a few dance steps with her supporters. She is affectionately nicknamed “Mother”. ,
“Qualitatively changing the mindset”
He pitched his party completely against Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. According to him, the “national reconciliation” he initiated “never really started in earnest”.
He nevertheless thanked the Head of State for the recent release of two senior officers of the Ivorian army imprisoned for their roles in the bloody crisis of 2010-2011, while recalling that “about twenty soldiers” in prison ” Were”.
He said their “humanitarian and progressive party, firmly rooted in social democracy” and whose motto is “Audacity, Solidarity, Sovereignty”, has the ambition to build a “new and modern” state of mind for ” qualify as “change”.
The now 73-year-old, nicknamed the “Iron Lady”, formed a formidable tandem with Laurent Gbagbo, when the latter was president from 2000 to 2011.
It was for his role during the bloody crisis – nearly 3,000 dead – which followed the 2010 presidential election and which stemmed from Laurent Gabbo’s refusal to recognize his defeat against Alsén Ouattara, that he had to face in April 2011. Arrested in Abidjan.
He was accused of being associated with a “death squad” against supporters of Alassane Ouattara.
Sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015 for “undermining state security” in his country, he benefited in 2018 from an amnesty law in the name of “national reconciliation”.
Laurent Gbagbo, sentenced to 20 years in prison in Côte d’Ivoire for the “robbery” of the West African Central Bank during the 2010-2011 crisis, has just benefited from a presidential pardon, which does not erase his sadness. , which could prevent him from running in 2025.
Simone Gabbo expressed her regret on Saturday, admitting that the pardon, in Côte d’Ivoire, rather than the apology which repeals the sentence, “weighs the weight of the socio-political climate”.
arrest warrant revoked
In the wake of the acquittal of Laurent Gabbo by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague in March 2021, where he was tried for crimes against humanity, there was an investigation of an arrest warrant issued by this court against Simone Gabbo.
But both privately and politically, those who fought together for a multi-party system in their country more than 30 years ago have followed a different trajectory since Laurent Gagabo returned to Côte d’Ivoire in June 2021, after his acquittal by the ICC.
Back on the arm of another woman after an absence of ten years, he asks for a divorce from Simone, with whom he will have two daughters.
Laurent Gbagbo, 77, also formed his own political party last October, the African People’s Party-Côte d’Ivoire (PPA-CI), which Simone never had and was not represented in the assembly. General of the MGC.