(Alex Pfeiffer, The Daily Caller) – Trump’s rise to power has African leaders joyous, according to a former top official in the Ivory Coast.
Toussaint Alain was formerly a senior adviser to Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo came into office in 2000 and was arrested in 2011 after refusing to accept the results of the 2010 presidential election. He is currently facing trial before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. He denies all the charges against him.
At the time, President Obama and Secretary Clinton cheered Gbagbo’s ouster, and Alain told The Daily Caller in an interview Monday that the meddling by Western leaders in African politics has him and others hopeful for a change under Trump. The former Ivorian official said people were praying in African churches for Clinton’s defeat.
It isn’t just Trump that Alain and other African politicians like. The former Ivorian official now lives in France and said that he hopes Marine Le Pen of the French far-right National Front party wins the presidency. Behind this support of nationalists in the West is a disdain for the foreign policy of these major powers in Africa.