Ivory Coast makes 1st cocoa export since crisis

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - A port official in Ivory Coast says the world's largest cocoa producer is resuming exportation after a months-long political standoff.

Abidjan Port Official Idrissa Dosso said a shipment of 1,700 tons of cocoa beans was prepared Monday to go to the U.S. The ship then will visit the West African country's main cocoa port of San Pedro to load more.

Ivory Coast was thrown into political chaos late last year when the president refused to cede power after losing the election.

The democratically elected leader Alassane Ouattara called for a cocoa ban to step up the pressure on Laurent Gbagbo to leave power. Gbagbo was arrested last month and Ouattara has finally taken the oath of office.

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