The former rebel leader in the Ivory Coast, Guillaume Kigbafori Soro, has decided to embark on a political career leaving the weapons aside. He declared Friday, October 18, 2019 his ambition to participate in the upcoming presidential elections.
Guillaume Soro has marked the history of Ivory Coast in recent years. He was at the head of the rebellion that controlled the north of the country following the abortive coup attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo in 2002.
He was appointed prime minister in 2007 by President Laurent Gbagbo himself after the peace accords. But, in 2010, he supports Alassane Ouattara during the post-election crisis that caused nearly 3,000 deaths and led to the fall of the Ivorian president who clung to power.
He continued to be prime minister until 2012. Later, he became president of the National Assembly, a position he will hold until January 2019.
Now with his political formation Generations and Solidarity Peoples (GPS), Guillaume Soro aims to participate in the next presidential elections scheduled for 2020. His party is already starting to register a significant number of members 7.000 in just a few days. The new 47-year-old Ivorian politician hopes to win the confidence of the Ivorians and achieve his main goal of becoming the 6th President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.