The ruling Ivory Coast Democratic Party began its Fifth Party Congress in Abidjan on Thursday (October 29).
The ruling Ivory Coast Democratic Party began its Fifth Party Congress in Abidjan on Thursday (October 29). Several important foreign observers, including Niger's President Hamani Diori, were present.
President Diori, addressing the assembly, suggested a meeting of all sections of the African Democratic Movement (RDA). The purpose of the meeting would be to find a common strategy in economic and social development, he said.
Observers from Ghana, Liberia, Tunisia, Congo-Kinshasa, Malagasy, Cameroun, Senegal and the Central African Republic, were present to hear the Niger President put forward his suggestions.
They also heard President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast say that his country and Guinea would normalise their diplomatic relations before the end of the year.
Since 1965 relations between the two countries have deteriorated, leading Guinea to recall its Ambassador and close the offices of Air Guinea in Abidjan.
M. Mamadou Coulibaly, President of the Ivory Coast Economic and Social Council, welcoming the foreign observers in an opening address said:
President Diori also addressed the assembly, praising the work of the Democratic Party and its achievements.