The political landscape in Cote d'Ivoire jolted with the rejection of Maurice Kacou Guikahu's candidacy, the Executive Secretary of the Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI). An announcement made on Monday, December 4, 2023, by the PDCI's electoral committee stated that Guikahu's and Akossi Bendjo's candidacies were dismissed. The reason given was ongoing legal procedures, a decision that has stirred discontent among Guikahu's supporters.
Unrest in the Political Ranks
Guikahu's supporters are protesting this decision as arbitrary and unjust, accusing the PDCI of contravening its own rules to favor another candidate, known as 'King Thiam.' This controversy has marked a significant turn in the political dynamics of the country. Guikahu, a co-founder of the National Transition Council (CNT, opposition), was arrested on November 3, 2020, alongside Pascal Affi N'guessan for contesting President Alassane Ouattara's third-term reelection. Though later released, Guikahu is currently under judicial supervision.
Political Realignments on the Horizon
In the midst of this turmoil, the newspapers hint at a possible alliance between Bendjo and Thiam in the PDCI's presidential race, suggesting an imminent political realignment within the party. This situation has grabbed the attention of political pundits and general public alike, turning the spotlight on the party's internal dynamics.
Cocoa Industry and Other Affairs
Meanwhile, the cocoa industry in Ivory Coast is experiencing a crisis of its own, with traders accusing the Conseil Café Cacao of promising non-existent quantities of beans. This issue comes amidst the opening of advance sales for the 2024-2025 harvest and a refusal from the major traders to match the prices set by Abidjan. Ivorian cocoa industry leaders have met European officials for recognition of their traceability system and an increase in the subsidy for sustainable cocoa. The presidential election campaign, on its sixteenth day, is marred by incidents of torn portraits or effigies of candidates in the provinces of North Kivu, Katanga, and the capital, Kinshasa.