Ivory Coast - Kouadio Konan Bertin (PDCI): "If President Bédié does not appear, I am ready" - Jeune Afrique
Henri Konan Bédié's adviser says he is "ready" for the October 2020 election in the event that his mentor is not a candidate.
After running as an independent in the 2015 presidential election - against the advice ofHenri Konan Bédié, who then preferred to support Alassane Ouattara's candidacy for a second term - Kouadio Konan Bertin, alias KKB, 51, signed his return to the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI). And he says he is "ready" for the October 2020 poll in the event that his mentor is not a candidate.
Jeune Afrique: You made peace with Henri Konan Bédié after more than five years of quarrel. What motivated your return home, when many executives have left to join Alassane Ouattara's RHDP?
Kouadio Konan Bertin : I have always remained faithful to my party and to the values defended by Félix Houphouët-Boigny. There was, it is true, a difference of strategic appreciation when the PDCI decided not to present a candidate for the presidential election of 2015. I thought for my part that the party should not desert the mother of battles that constitute the presidential election. And I lifted the glove.
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