Wikileaks about Côte d’Ivoire

Here are the main revelations about Côte d’Ivoire out of the Wikileaks cables.

Laurent Gbagbo and Dominique de Villepin

Ivorian President Laurent Gabgbo helped Dominique de Villepin to become France prime minister. It is what the Ivorian head of state reportedly told a U.S. ambassador, according to a diplomatic telegram revealed by Wikileaks and published by Le Monde.

A “leak” from Wikileaks, published by Le Monde on Saturday, says Jacques Chirac’s former Foreign Minister reportedly asked the “baker from Abidjan” to intercede on his behalf with the French President in 2005 (just after the anti-French violence organized by Gbagbo in Abidjan.

“Gbagbo has revealed, said the diplomatic telegram, that Villepin had asked him to intervene with President Chirac’s about the appointment of the new Prime Minister, and Gbagbo did it.” And in the words of Gbagbo reported by the ambassador, Chirac and him had a trusting relationship. “Chirac answered by saying that Villepin was kind of nervous, but Gbagbo had given the guarantee to Chirac that de Villepin was the perfect person for this function. Villepin was appointed Prime Minister in 2005.

Dominique de Villepin was the man behind the Marcoussis Agreement of 2002 which was to end the civil war by. ” In 2005, according to the Ivorian head of state, Villepin would have made Gbagbo an “ally”, while a year earlier his “young patriots” had engaged in anti-French violence and French forces were bombed by Ivorian airforce.

Gbagbo’s strategy for the 2010 elections

In a telegram entitled “Elections in Côte d’Ivoire: myth and reality,” U.S. Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire at the time, Wanda Nesbitt, wrote an update on the electoral situation and outlined the strategy of Laurent Gbagbo to achieve his ends.

“To win a presidential election, the Gbagbo needs to ally with one of the two largest parties”: the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI, Henri Konan Bedie) or the Rally of Republicans (RDR , Alassane Ouattara).
Problem: these two parties remained “remarkably united” against Laurent Gbagbo in the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP, the opposition coalition), she notes.

Laurent Gbagbo tried, “at least since 2007 to conclude an agreement with Alassane Ouattara, the RDR president” but failed “. A week before sending the telegram, the diplomat received a new confirmation of the failure of this attempt to reach agreement.

Consequence: Laurent Gbagbo seeks to divide, so the PDCI. It would have helped “fund and support former Prime Minister Charles [Konan] Banny in his attempt to replace the aging former president Henri Konan Bedie” at the head of the party, “she assures.

[…] More broadly, she believes, “there will be no elections unless President Gbagbo is sure to win – and he is currently unsure of its outcome.” Here is probably one of the keys to the attitude of the incumbent president since the poll.

About Blé Goudé, leader of the “Young Patriots”

Since 2002, Charles Ble Goude, called “Minister of the street” by Laurent Gbagbo, has led his group of “patriots” in street demonstrations to protect the regime. On Monday, December 6, he became a minister in the government set up hastily in Côte d’Ivoire.

Before the election, U.S. diplomats were interested in the case of Charles Ble Goude. In a telegram of June 2008, it is stated that he “adopted a low profile since he was hit by sanctions.” These sanctions were put in place February 7, 2006, because of “repeated statements calling for violence against installations of the United Nations, UN personnel and foreigners, but also for having organized and participated in acts of violence committed by street militias, including beatings, rapes and extrajudicial executions.”

“For some time now, diplomats point out, Charles Ble Goude is trying to” transform the image of the militia leader to statesman. “But as the French diplomatic sources provide to their U.S. counterparts,” Ble Goude became a very successful businessman, with substantial interests in hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, gas stations and real estate Cote d’Ivoire. ”

Between Charles Ble Goude and President Gbagbo, proximity seems obvious to the authors of the telegram. “President Gbagbo has made repeated requests to the United Nations to lift sanctions against Ble Goude,” say U.S. diplomats, who notice how it is “inconvenient” to see the leader of the patriots seems to be “prepared [by the presidency] for future responsibilities in the party and / or in the government “.

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3 thoughts on “Wikileaks about Côte d’Ivoire

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