Guillaume Soro calls on the military to disobey Ivory Coast President Ouattara

Guillaume Soro has called on the country’ military to disobey Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara.  “I ask you to disobey the illegal orders and join the National Council of Transition. To the defense and security forces, I ask you to look in the mirror, in soul and conscience, and act to stop the killings. You must act to restore our constitution to its former glory,” Soro said. 

“Alassane Ouattara is no longer the President of the Republic of Ivory Coast. Put an end to the specter of civil war that threatens our country, you know me,” Soro said, directly addressing defense and security forces. 

Guillaume Kigbafori Soro  is an Ivorian politician who was the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire from April 2007 to March 2012. Prior to his service as Prime Minister, Soro led the Patriotic Movement of Côte d’Ivoire, and later the New Forces as its Secretary-General. In March 2012, Soro became President of the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire.

He stepped down from that position in February 2019, announcing in June 2019 that he is running to succeed President Alassane Ouattara. On April 29, 2020, Soro was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison on charges of embezzling public funds and money laundering.  

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