The interim president of Cote d’Ivoire Popular Front (FPI, opposition) Aboudramane Sangare on Tuesday announced plans by the party to hold major political rallies.
“This is a regrouping. We are asking our structures and supporters to prepare for a political battle,” he said, adding that the objective of the current fight is to ensure its founder, former President Laurent Gbagbo, returns to Cote d’Ivoire.
According to Sangare, pro-Gbago youths and women had promised to ensure huge rallies in Abidjan in the coming days.
The party officials said through meetings and other forums, FPI plans to “be heard” on the political scene and wants to do everything possible to honour its leader who is currently detained at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.
The announcement comes at a time when the party is going through a major crisis that has seen the emergency of two camps, one linked to the ex-president and led by Sangare, and the other led by Pascal Affi Nguessan.
Gbagbo who is a co-founder of FPI, was arrested in April 2011 at the height of Cote d’Ivoire’s post-election crisis. He was later transferred to the Hague where he is facing charges of crimes against humanity. Enditem