A warm welcome Saturday in Daoukro Cote d'Ivoire for former president Laurent Gbagbo at the highly anticipated fraternal reunion with predecessor and former rival turned ally Henri Konan Bédié.
A key step towards healing the country's long-running political crisis.
The two former heads of state gave each other a warm embrace before walking hand in hand for a few dozen metres, waving to the crowd, and sitting side by side to watch several shows and speeches.
Henri Konan Bédié had visited Gbagbo at the end of July 2019 in Brussels, where the latter was residing on parole pending confirmation of his acquittal at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Now free, Gbagbo returned to Côte d'Ivoire on June 17 and this is the first time he has met with Bédié since his return. “A mark of reconciliation,” he said.
“Bédié-Gbagbo, united for a stronger opposition”: ten years later,