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Yearbook 2019

Ivory Coast. In January, the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to release President Laurent Gbagbo from the acts he allegedly was an accomplice to. Gbagbo was accused of being responsible for crimes against humanity (murder, persecution, rape and other inhumane acts) that his forces must have committed during the fighting that erupted after the 2011 presidential election. Laurent Gbagbo was the first head of state to be prosecuted in court. His co-accused, former minister Charles Blé Goudé, was also acquitted. In September, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda appealed against the verdict.

2019 Ivory Coast

According to CountryAAH, domestic politics began to run before the 2020 presidential election. According to the constitution adopted in 2016, the president may sit for a maximum of two terms of office, each of five years. Alassane Ouattara, president since 2010, has previously said that this rule does not apply retroactively and that he could therefore sit for two more periods from 2020. However, whether he would really be a candidate was unclear. If not, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was appointed Prime Minister in 2017, has been identified as a possible Crown Prince.

When the President of the National Assembly, former rebel leader and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, resigned in February, speculation surfaced that he intends to run for office in the presidential election. In October, Soro confirmed that he would be running for the newly formed political group Generations and People in Solidarity. In December, Soro refrained from returning home after a stay in France but stayed in Ghana after the Ivorian authorities issued an arrest warrant for him. Soro was accused, among other things, of money laundering and of posing a threat to the state's authority.

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