The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) has ruled that former Côte d’Ivoire Prime Minister Guillaume Soro should be allowed to run in the country’s presidential election.
Soro had been barred from contesting the elections by Côte d’Ivoire’s Constitutional Council, along with former president Laurent Gbagbo.
Tuesday’s ruling came five months after Côte d’Ivoire’s authorities announced the country’s withdrawal from the court.
The withdrawal came after the AfCHPR ordered Côte d’Ivoire to suspend its arrest warrant against Soro and to release his relatives who had been in detention for several months.
Soro was sentenced in April to 20 years in jail for embezzlement and money laundering.
Lamine Diarra-ssouba, an International Criminal Court lawyer and Vice-President of the New Values of Côte d'Ivoire talks us through the continental court’s ruling.