Ivory Coast’s constitutional court cleared 10 candidates on Wednesday to stand in next month’s presidential election including incumbent Alassane Ouattara, who is expected to win a second term in office.
The October 25 election is seen as an important step in Ivory Coast’s recovery from civil war. The country is the world’s top producer of cocoa and the largest economy in Francophone West Africa.
Other candidates the court adjudged to have met the criteria to run include Pascal Affi N’Guessan, leader of the biggest opposition party the Ivorian Popular Front, which is the party of former president Laurent Gbagbo. Read more