At least 30 people have been killed in pre-election violence, evoking memories of a 2010-2011 crisis that turned the city of Abidjan into a battleground and left 3,000 dead.
Violent protests have rocked Ivory Coast since Ouattara, in power since 2010, announced his candidacy. Over a dozen people have died in clashes between protesters and police since August.
Former Democratic Republic of Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba last week filed an application asking judges at the global court to award him a total of $76.5 million (68 million euros) for what he called a miscarriage of justice.
The ICC's selective justice that seeks to primarily punish African leaders is ineffective and unjust. The only way for African nations to get out from under the court's impunity is to build their mechanisms for accountability.
Belgium agrees to host Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo pending a possible prosecution appeal, after he was cleared of crimes against humanity on January 15.
The International Criminal Court said Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and his co-defendant Charles Ble Goude will be "released to a state willing to accept them on its territories."
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara on Monday declared an amnesty for 800 people, including Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former president Laurent Gbagbo. She was convicted for offences against the state during a brief 2011 civil war.
The creation of the upper house, a provision of the new constitution enacted by referendum in late 2016, is seen by President Ouattara's opponents as a blatant power grab.
Renegade soldiers in Ivory Coast end a five-day mutiny after the government agreed to give them an immediate payment of 5 million CFA francs (7,600 euros).
United Nations experts say Ivory Coast's rebel leader-turned-parliament speaker Guillaume Soro obtained tonnes of weapons during 2011 civil war
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