As if Henri Konan Bédié had virtually escaped his human situation, few anticipated the 89-year-old’s loss of life on Tuesday, August 1. The previous president of Côte d’Ivoire, who dominated between 1993 and 1999, was nonetheless the omnipotent grasp of the PDCI-RDA and one of many pillars of the nation’s political life. Identified for his silence and calm, Bédié was making ready for the municipal and regional elections on September 2 and for his get together’s congress in October – two decisive occasions for the way forward for the PDCI in mild of the 2025 presidential elections.
As quickly as Bédié’s loss of life was introduced in Abidjan, the place he had been rushed by helicopter from his fiefdom in Daoukro, central Côte d’Ivoire, a number of hours earlier, dozens of PDCI-RDA supporters gathered at his villa within the Cocody district. “I can not imagine it as a result of the day earlier than yesterday, I used to be with him in Daoukro, we had lunch and talked collectively, he wasn’t drained, he was in nice form, we took photographs collectively. We had been making ready for the elections with him, so it is an actual blow,” stated Cyril Yobouet, coordinator of PDCI-RDA organizations.
“I could not imagine it, that is why I got here right here. We’re going again into the sector and we will ask our supporters to make it possible for the PDCI-RDA wins the elections to pay this final tribute to our president,” stated Harmless Kouamé Kouassi, a candidate within the municipal elections within the city of Guitry, 150 km west of Abidjan.
A speedy political ascent
Born on Might 5, 1934 within the village of Dadiékro, within the heart of the nation, “N’Zueba” (the kid of rain, in Boulé) rose by way of the ranks quickly. Within the Nineteen Sixties he joined the “father of independence,” Félix Houphouët-Boigny, within the PDCI-RDA, which was the only get together on the time.
Aged solely 26 he turned Côte d’Ivoire’s first ambassador to the US and Canada was later made the minister of the financial system and funds at age 32. In 1980, he turned president of the Nationwide Meeting, a place he held till 1993, when Houphouët-Boigny died. It was then that his battle with Alassane Ouattara started, as each had been vying to succeed the primary Ivorian president. Their rivalry would by no means finish.
“HKB” served as interim president till the 1995 elections. These two years had been marked by an financial disaster, linked particularly to the downturn within the cocoa trade. Bédié promoted the controversial idea of “ivoirité,” a type of patriotism glorifying cultural id and sovereignty that he additionally used as a pretext to suppress Muslim populations within the north. Bédié was accused of utilizing “ivoirité” to disqualify Ouattara.
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