Former Prime Minister of Ivory Coast Guillaume Soro has been sentenced to prison on April 27, Tuesday for 20 years over money laundering.
There is a report that the ex-prime minister is to contest for the upcoming presidential election 7 months time.
The verdict was meted on Soro after it was established that he embezzled public funds which is linked to his purchase of a house in Abidjan in 2007 while he was the prime minister.
This verdict by the court constitutionally brings to end Soro’s political ambition to return to power when the country is about seven months away from its next presidential election.
To increase the burden and infliction, Soro was fined 4.5 billion FCFA (6.8 million euros), 2 billion FCFA (3 million euros) as damages to the government of Côte d’Ivoire and his house confiscated.
Reacting to the development, Soro boasted: “I am still running for the presidency and I will win.”