U.S. imposes travel ban on supporters of Cote d'Ivoire's Gbagbo

09:11, December 22, 2010      

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The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that it will impose travel restrictions on supporters of Cote d'Ivoire's Laurent Gbagbo.

The State Department said in a statement that State Secretary Hillary Clinton on Tuesday imposed travel restrictions to the United States on "members of Laurent Gbagbo's regime."

The restrictions also apply to "other individuals who support policies or actions that undermine the democratic process and reconciliation efforts in Cote d'Ivoire," according to the statement.

After the presidential run-off held on Nov. 28, Gbagbo and former prime minister and opposition leader Alassane Ouattara both claimed victory. Ouattara was declared winner by the electoral commission while Gbagbo was endorsed by the Constitutional Council, which has the final say on the results.

Since then, the situation has been tense in the country. Supporters from both sides clashed in Abidjan in recent days, with multiple fatalities being reported.

Gbagbo reiterated in a television address that he is the country's president, media reports coming out of Cote d'Ivoire said on Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua

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