The movement of Capable Generations created by the former first lady of Ivory Coast Simone Ehivet Gbagbo in September 2021, had its election this Saturday, August 20, 2022.an election that made her the president of the MGC. A movement that has become a political party and has already announced its participation in the 2025 presidential elections.
“This party wants to work towards building a Ivory Coast that is attached to values. We are a party with the ideal of building a reconciled Ivory Coast, full of justice and equity,” said Simone Gbagbo.
It is through these words that the former first lady of Ivory Coast showed the ideal of the new party, the “MGC”. By creating her own party, Simone Gbagbo withdraws from the Popular and Ivorian Front, another political party she founded in 1982 with her husband Laurent Gbagbo. She was the only woman contesting the elections and won all the votes. Several delegates from all over the country voted unanimously, which is not surprising given her political status.
This political party comes two years before the presidential elections to be held in 2025, making her a political opponent to Laurent Gbagbo’s PPA-CI.
From marital divorce to political breakup?
Returning with another woman on his arm ten years after his exile, following the bloody crisis that followed the 2010 presidential election in Ivory Coast, former President Laurent Gbagbo has announced his divorce from his wife with whom he had two daughters. A break-up that is still pending. This may be the basis for the creation of another party by the latter. Also, a significant fact of this rupture is the first appearance of ex-president Gbagbo who is seen at the Catholic cathedral of Abidjan, whereas with Simone, they had embraced the evangelical religion of which she is faithful.
Simone Gbagbo on the presidential clemency of Laurent Gbagbo.
Despite this rupture, Simone Gbagbo pleaded for an amnesty to be granted to her ex-husband, with a view to national reconciliation instead of a presidential clemency which does not remove the heavy sentence pronounced against him, and which could be an obstacle to his participation in the 2025 presidency.To show her disagreement with this decision of the current president of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara, the president of the “MGC” says “The presidential clemency granted to President Laurent Gbagbo instead of an amnesty further aggravates the socio-political atmosphere of the country, so we will not say thank you to Alassane Ouattara.”
Furthermore, taking advantage of her inauguration, she presented what appeared to be her electoral program, which focuses on purchasing power and the reformulation of the electoral system. The motto of this new party is “Audacity, solidarity and sovereignty”.