PDCI Overhaul: Tidjane Thiam Charts New Course Ahead of 2025 Elections in Ivory Coast

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During a press conference on Tuesday, March 5th, Tidjane Thiam, the leader of the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast (PDCI), unveiled a revamped organizational structure in a strategic move aimed at gearing up for the upcoming 2025 elections. Thiam assumed leadership of the party in late December following the passing of Henri Konan Bédié and has set forth with a clear vision to navigate the party through the electoral battles on the horizon.

In the new PDCI lineup, several influential figures emerge, with a notable emphasis on youth inclusion. Dr. Sylvestre Emmou, Mayor of Port-Bouët, assumes the role of the party’s new Executive Secretary, succeeding Maurice Kakou Guikahué, who held the position since 2013. Noël Akossi Bendjo steps into the pivotal role of General Coordinator of the PDCI.

Former Minister of Industry, Alain Cocautherey, takes the helm of Tidjane Thiam’s cabinet, signifying a significant change within the party’s inner workings.

In total, 15 High Representatives of the PDCI President have been appointed to head each district and represent the diaspora, bolstering the party’s presence and influence.

Simultaneously, a dedicated team has been tasked with crafting the party’s societal project, addressing critical issues such as sustainable development, diplomatic relations with neighboring countries, economic development, and equity.

Thiam’s strategic overhaul signals a pivotal moment for the PDCI, as it gears up to navigate the political landscape of Ivory Coast and solidify its position ahead of the 2025 elections. With a renewed focus on grassroots engagement and strategic alignment, the party aims to fortify its standing and shape the country’s future trajectory.


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