Charles Blé Goudé ex-leader of Ivorian youth, back in his country for a new political start – Agence Afrique

the Ivorian leader, Charles Blé Goudé, former leader of the ”young patriots”, nicknamed in the 2000s the “street general” for his ability to mobilize supporters of the former Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo, has returned last Saturday in Abidjan, after being acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which was prosecuting him as a former mentor of Gbagbo.

“I missed my country, I am happy and happy to be back in my country,” said Charles Blé Goudé on his arrival at Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Abidjan.

Now 50 years old, the former leader of the “Young Patriots”, a pro-Gbagbo movement, burst onto the screen in 2002, thanks to the failed coup against his master. Côte d’Ivoire then finds itself cut in two, between a north held by a rebellion favorable to the current president Alassane Ouattara and a south controlled by the Gbagbo regime. Blé Goudé creates “the patriotic galaxy”, to defend the power of Gbagbo.

Laurent Gbagbo, who does not recognize Alassane Ouattara’s victory in the November 2010 presidential election, appoints him Minister of Youth. When his mentor fell in April 2011, after five months of violence that killed more than 3,000 people, he fled to Ghana. In 2013, he was arrested in Ghana and transferred a year later to the ICC.

Definitively acquitted by the ICC in 2021, like Laurent Gbagbo, he waited more than a year to obtain an Ivorian passport and a green light from the power in place to return to his native country.

Now at the head of a small party, the Pan-African Congress for Justice and Equality of Peoples (Cojep), he chose not to join the new political formation launched a year ago by Laurent Gbagbo, after his return to Ivory Coast.

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