Abidjan -Internationally recognised president of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday, extended the ban on the export of cocoa and coffee to March 31.
A statement signed by Ouattara’s Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro, said the ban extension would make it difficult for the economy to run smoothly under President Laurent Gbagbo.
“The initial ban on cocoa export, which is the life wire of the Ivorian economy, was in January and it was renewed in February, before the third extension in March by Ouattara.
“The ban had been widely respected by the various chains in the cocoa industry, in the country.
“It has put the Gbagbo government under pressure to raise funds, to run the economy, especially in paying public servants and the military,” the statement said.
According to the statement, Ouattara thanked all operators in the industry for respecting the ban, especially the largest market of the Ivorian cocoa and the coffee.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gbagbo had been under pressure from the international community to hand over power to Ouattara.
The incumbent president, after losing an election in November, 2010 said the election results, announced by the Ivorian independent electoral commission, was fraudulent.