Cote d’Ivoire: Former first lady Simone Gbagbo calls for new constitution

Former First Lady Simone Gbagbo in the Treichville neighborhood of Abidjan in September 2021. SIA KAMBOU / AFP

Former Ivorian First Lady Simone Gbagbo has called for the drafting and adoption of a new constitution.

She also called for a new Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) that can guarantee peaceful elections. 

During a conference in Abidjan, Simone Gbagbo took issues with Prosecutor Adou Richard's claim that opposition leaders are responsible for the post-election crisis in 2020.

For her, it is the 2016 constitution that is the source of the crisis of the third term of president Alassane Ouattara, adding that it is a sufficient reason to draft a new constitution. 

Several political parties and civil society organizations attended the conference. 

Let’s take a listen to the former first lady.

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