by Aly Jonas

Laurent Gbagbo nominated as presidential candidate for 2025

Laurent Gbagbo investi candidat à la présidentielle 2025

At a ceremony in Abidjan, he declared his intention to run while acknowledging the legal obstacles facing him.

Despite his current ineligibility, Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivorian president and now political opponent, has been officially nominated by his party, the African People's Party - Côte d'Ivoire (PPA-CI), as a candidate for the planned presidential election end of 2025.

Former Ivorian head of state turned opponent, Laurent Gbagbo, was nominated Friday in Abidjan by his party as candidate for the presidential election scheduled for the end of 2025, although he is removed from the electoral lists and therefore, for the moment, ineligible .

“I agree to be your candidate”, for the presidential election scheduled for October 2025, he announced during a ceremony of his formation, the African People’s Party – Côte d’Ivoire (PPA-CI). In his speech lasting more than an hour delivered at the end of the day in front of a thousand supporters, the 78-year-old politician pledged "to serve a single mandate (...) but a mandate where everything will be completed" . The former Ivorian president (2000-2011) is however ineligible.

“We must reconcile the Ivorians” Acquitted by international justice of crimes against humanity during the bloody post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011, he was sentenced in 2018 in his country to 20 years in prison for facts linked to this crisis. Pardoned in 2022 by current President Alassane Ouattara, a year after his return after finding exile in Belgium, he was however not granted amnesty, which prevents him from being re-registered on the electoral lists. On Friday, Laurent Gbagbo outlined the start of a political program, announcing measures to put an end to corruption, make justice more independent, reduce the country's debt, and create a better health system. After being divided in two by a rebellion in the 2000s, Côte d'Ivoire experienced a post-electoral crisis in 2010-2011, when supporters of Laurent Gbagbo and those of current president Alassane Ouattara clashed. Around 3,000 people died. “We must reconcile the Ivorians,” he said.