Ivory Coast’s top court has cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term in office.
Of the 44 candidates vying for the country’s top seat, the constitutional council cleared only four.
It also barred former president Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader turned prime minister Guillaume Soro from running in the October 31 presidential election.
No fewer than 15 people have died in violence which have erupted since 78-year-old Ouattara announced last month that he would run for a third term.
Although the constitution limits presidents to two terms, Ouattara and his supporters argue that a 2016 constitutional tweak reset the clock.
The president had previously committed to not running again, but he changed his mind after the sudden death of his anointed successor, prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, from a heart attack in July.