Ivory Coast: Soro declares to return the "stool" to fetch the "armchair conf …


Former Speaker of the Ivorian National Assembly Guillaume Kigbafori Soro declared Saturday that he had made the "stool" to fetch the presidential "chair" that is more "comfortable", saying his "political life is just beginning" twenty-four hours after his resignation from the presidency of the Ivorian parliament.

Mr. Soro was speaking in a short video published on Saturday on his official facebook page. "My political life is just beginning. It's the beginning, we have not done anything yet. Today, I am going to return the stool (referring to the post of President of the Assembly) and go to get the chair (presidential chair) to sit in it. It will be more comfortable to sit in the chair, "he said.

"I'm relieved because you can not imagine the burden I felt on my shoulders. I will not say that I am a rebellious, but I am fundamentally independent. I will no longer have to be bound by the duty of discretion, "said Soro. Explaining the choice of the moment of his resignation, the former head of the Ivorian hemicycle argued that "President Alassane Ouattara insisted on it".

Justifying this resignation in the wake, Mr. Soro said that "I do not want to bring Côte d'Ivoire into a crisis situation. That's why I decided not to go to radicalization or confrontation.

According to him, "when some people trust you to claim to lead the country one day, you do not want to see it destroyed."

Guillaume Soro announced Friday his resignation of the president of the Ivorian National Assembly at the first extraordinary session of the year 2019 of this institution for divergence of opinion with the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara.

"I am resigning as President of the National Assembly of Côte d'Ivoire. Yes, I decided to sacrifice my post, for peace, for Côte d'Ivoire … I leave this post for the adventure of my convictions, "said Soro during this parliamentary session, saying that his refusal to leave the head of this institution would lead to a "destabilizing institutional crisis".

He previously justified this resignation by his refusal to join the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP, the ruling coalition), which held its first ordinary congress on January 26 and he did not participate.

"The fact is, I was in a dilemma. To betray my convictions by going to the congress (…)

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