Alassane Ouattara Seen as RHDP's "Natural Candidate" for 2025 Ivorian Presidential Election

Côte d'Ivoire's 2025 election: Ouattara seen as RHDP's "natural candidate," but his decision to run remains uncertain. Gbagbo's eligibility and party unity are key factors shaping the country's political future.

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Alassane Ouattara Seen as RHDP's "Natural Candidate" for 2025 Ivorian Presidential Election

Alassane Ouattara Seen as RHDP's "Natural Candidate" for 2025 Ivorian Presidential Election

Alassane Ouattara, the current president of Côte d'Ivoire, is considered the "natural candidate" for the ruling RHDP party in the 2025 presidential election, according to Adama Bictogo, the mayor of Yopougon and a member of the RHDP. Bictogo stated that Ouattara has the constitutional right to run for president again in 2025 and is the party's obvious choice given his track record and the development achieved under his presidency since 2011.

However, Bictogo noted that the ultimate decision to run rests with Ouattara himself. The RHDP member expressed his readiness to support whoever the party's candidate may be under Ouattara's leadership, emphasizing the importance of party unity to avoid playing into the hands of political opponents.

Why this matters: The question of who will be the RHDP's presidential candidate in 2025 is significant for Côte d'Ivoire's political future. Ouattara's potential candidacy and the unity of the ruling party could have major implications for the country's stability and development in the coming years.

The article also mentions that former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is ineligible to run for president in 2025 due to his 2018 conviction. Bictogo, who also serves as the President of the Ivorian National Assembly, stated that determining Gbagbo's eligibility is not his role but a matter for the justice system.

In an effort to promote social cohesion, President Ouattara had signed a decree granting Gbagbo a presidential pardon in August 2022. Ouattara also announced the unfreezing of Gbagbo's accounts and the payment of his pension arrears.

With the 2025 presidential election approaching, the question of who will lead the RHDP and potentially the country remains a central issue in Ivorian politics. While Ouattara is seen as the party's natural choice, his final decision on whether to run is still unknown. The developments surrounding potential candidates and the efforts to promote unity and reconciliation will continue to shape Côte d'Ivoire's political landscape in the coming months and years.

Key Takeaways

  • Ouattara is the "natural candidate" for RHDP in 2025 election, per party member.
  • Ouattara has the constitutional right to run again, but his decision is pending.
  • Gbagbo ineligible to run in 2025 due to 2018 conviction, per RHDP member.
  • Ouattara granted Gbagbo a presidential pardon in 2022 to promote social cohesion.
  • RHDP unity is crucial to avoid political opponents, says party member.