Ivorian ex-president Gbagbo barred from elections


Ivory Coast’s former President Laurent Gbagbo has been barred from running for the presidency in the upcoming elections after a court upheld the electoral commission’s decision to remove him from the electoral list.

His lawyer Claude Mentenon told media that there is no was no further legal recourse inside Ivory Coast.

Gbagbo was struck off the list of candidates by the country’s electoral commission because he was convicted of a crime. The president of the electoral commission, Ibrahime Coulibaly-Kuibiert, had in August said that anyone convicted of a crime would not be allowed to stand.

He made the announcement while revealing the revised electoral list.

Four candidates including former rebel leader Guillaume Soro were also removed from the list.

Gbagbo was sentenced in absentia in November 2019 for the “looting” of the Central Bank of West African States (Bceao) following a disputed 2010 election that resulted in violence.

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