Appointment of the mediator for Guinea: Clever strategy to keep Yayi away

L’former President of the Republic of Benin Boni Yayi is appointed mediator of the Guinean crisis. Beyond the relief noted within the Guinean political class and the congratulations to Beninese diplomacy, some observers see in it a sibylline will : that of driving away and occupying a political “adversary”.

Since last Sunday, July 03, Boni Yayi is the mediator in the Guinean crisis. Appointed by the current presidents of the ECOWAS during their 61st summit, Boni Yayi has the delicate mission of bringing the authorities of the military junta back to reasonable transition proposals and to work for the return of peace in Guinea. For the Heads of State, it is a good operation since their choice is dubbed by the Guinean political class. But it is up to Beninese diplomacy and its head of state Patrice Talon that returns the palm of gold. Benin struck a real diplomatic blow by succeeding in having Boni Yayi in such a high profile position. The former Beninese head of state who adapts so well to these international responsibilities has what it takes to prove his talents as a man of peace and negotiator that we know him so well. However, this appointment has a political advantage for the President of the Republic that goes beyond the mere prestige he can derive from the appointment of his predecessor.

And for good reason, the position of mediator in the Guinean crisis will take Boni Yayi a little away from our Beninese concerns and our internal political intrigues. He will be a little more mobile, a little busier. He must not only make frequent descents in Conakry but also in other West African capitals to report to presidents and even to discuss with the Secretary General of ECOWAS. Knowing how difficult it is to negotiate and change the minds of the military in power, it is safe to say that this mission could last several months. Between shuttles, meetings, meetings in palaces and hotels, Boni Yayi will no longer have enough time to devote to the internal concerns of his country. While he continues to restore constitutional order in Guinea, the current electoral calendar in Benin is said to be being rolled out gradually.

And you never know, maybe when he would have finished his sub-regional mission, the legislative elections would have already ended in Benin. He may not have had the opportunity to weigh in on the campaign and contribute to the resounding success of the Les Démocrates party, of which he remains the charismatic leader. He may not have the opportunity to embark on the electoral battle to run for an honorable position as a deputy to the Palace of Governors as is whispered in certain political confidences. And finally, he will have been skilfully occupied and removed from these elections which must confirm the return of the opposition to parliament. This absence will contribute, whether we like it or not, to a small setback for the party. The Democrats will go to the front without their leader. The further away the opponent is, the less threatening he is. This lesson is bound to serve someone’s cause.

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Appointment of the mediator for Guinea: Clever strategy to keep Yayi away