A top political ally of Laurent Gbagbo said on Thursday that that return of the former Ivoirian President to his native Cote d'Ivoire, "is now a matter of weeks".
Gbagbo is on parole in Belgium.
Assoa Adou, the secretary general of the pro-Gbagbo opposition Ivoirian Popular Front Party (FPI) said the ex-president’s homecoming would happen sooner rather than later.
The FPI have been championing for his return with the slogan “Gbagbo is coming.
This announcement of Mr. Gbagbo's imminent return to Côte d'Ivoire comes the day after a meeting between Mr. Assoa and Ivorian Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko.
Assoa said the talks revolved around practical arrangements for the return of the former president.
Mr. Assoa, whose party is a member of a political platform with the Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI, ex-ally in power) said that the two parties PDCI-FPI) “are moving towards a common campaign” for the upcoming legislative elections.