Former Ivory Coast Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, who was in exile, can now return to the country.

A spokesman for the Ivorian government said it was the justice system that would decide on the implementation of Soro's sentences in the country.

"He can go back to the open country. All those who wanted to return have returned, and we see them participating in political rallies," he said.

The former rebel leader and prime minister announced nearly two weeks ago that he was ending his exile and returning to Africa.

Guillaume Soro left Ivory Coast in 2019 after a disagreement with current President Alassane Ouattara.

In 2020, he was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for embezzlement of public funds and a year later, life imprisonment for endangering the security of the State.