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Ivory Coast crisis: Gbagbo orders state cocoa control

Ivory Coast's disputed President Laurent Gbagbo has ordered the government to take control of all cocoa purchases and exports.

A decree read out on state TV said the purchase from producers "will be undertaken exclusively by the state".

Alassane Ouattara, internationally recognised as president, has called for a temporary ban on exports to try to force Mr Gbagbo from power.

John James reports.

  • 08 Mar 2011
  • From the section Africa