After months of tensions between Alassane Ouattara and Henri Konan Bédié, the party leaders of the presidential majority have pledged to merge their political parties into an entity called RHDP. Many obstacles remain to be overcome by the presidential election of 2020.
While tensions between Henri Konan Bédié and Alassane Ouattara were bright and while their last tête-à-tête, April 10, had ended without the two men uttering a word publicly, few people imagined that an agreement on the unified party was about to be sealed.
Many times announced, constantly pushed back and sometimes almost buried , the creation of this political formation is finally formalized by the six leaders of the parties of the presidential majority, which rendered their public “political agreement” – the name “manifest” has been dropped.
Only one party, called RHDP
The text, solemn, is in two pages (to read at the end of the article) and says to be part of the continuity of the work of Félix Houphouët-Boigny . For “peace”, “stability” and “economic development” of Côte d’Ivoire, the parties claim to proclaim “their desire to create a new party. This will be called Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), it is specified.
A choice that is not trivial and that sounds like a disavowal for a whole fringe of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI). Many caciques advocated that the new formation is called RHDP-PDCI or simply PDCI, so that the name of the former single party, historical, does not disappear.
According to our information, the text was signed in Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian capital, the birthplace of President Houphouët-Boigny, on Thursday, April 12, in the margin of the return of the new Ivorian Senate . At the bottom of the page are the six signatures of the representatives of the RHDP parties: the PUIC, the PIT, the MFA, the UDPCI, the PDCI and the RDR. Nevertheless, unlike the other formations, she is not the president of the Rassemblement des républicains, Henriette Dagri Diabaté , but Alassane Ouattara, the Ivorian head of state and honorary president of the RDR, who has affixed his initials. Everyone is committed to “taking responsibility for history. ”
Extraordinary Congress then 12 to 18 months of transition
Henceforth, this political agreement must be adopted by each of the six parties, and extraordinary congresses must take place. The RDR announced that its will be held on May 5, the PUIC will meet on April 28 or May 12 for the UDPCI. No date has been fixed by the PDCI, the heavyweight of this alliance.
The statutes proposed by the High Level Committee on the Unified Party provide that each of the formations then enters a transition period of 12 to 18 months before self-dissolution to join the RHDP, as revealed Young Africa . This will have to be done before the next presidential election, to be held in October 2020 , at least theoretically. “We are not a few months,” warns a friend of Henri Konan Bédié. “This text is proof that the debate is settled. We will indeed go to the united party, “said Mamadou Toure, the spokesman of the RDR.
This agreement proves that the “anti” were discordant voices and not the official voice, “said the adviser of Henri Konan Bédié
For many months now, there have been many stirrings in the process of creating this unified party. Reluctance is strong within the two heavyweights, and even more so in the PDCI, divided between supporters and detractors of the unified party. “This agreement proves that the” anti “were discordant voices and not the official voice,” said the adviser to Henri Konan Bédié. While he seemed to be on the side of the refractory to this alliance with the RDR, the Daoukro Sphinx does not deny his reputation as unfathomable and unpredictable.
Still, many points of blockage remain outstanding, including that of the choice of the candidate of the future RHDP in the presidential election, scheduled for 2020. On several occasions, Henri Konan Bédié said he would not compromise: for him, this must be a man from the ranks of the PDCI, under an “alternation” agreement, sealed at Daoukro in 2014.
A pact that his RDR ally does not recognize. Alassane Ouattara and his entourage plead for primaries so, says the Ivorian president, that is chosen “the best of us. ”
If this agreement is a new step, many obstacles remain to be crossed for the RHDP by the presidential election of 2020.
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