February 2, 2011 / 2:51 PM / in 8 years

EU adds two banks, six people to I.Coast sanctions

BRUSSELS, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The European Union on Wednesday added six people and two banks to a list of people and entities subject to visa bans and asset freezes for supporting Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo.

The two banks were the Savings Bank of Cote d’Ivoire and the Housing Bank of Cote d’Ivoire, and the individuals included the former head of the Central Bank of West African States, Philippe Henry Dacoury-Tabley, according to a list published in the EU’s Official Journal.

They were added to the list for “helping to fund the illegitimate administration of Mr Laurent Gbagbo”, it said.

Last month the European Union froze the assets of and imposed visa bans on 85 people, including Gbagbo, and 11 economic bodies, which included Ivory Coast’s cocoa-exporting ports, its state oil firm and three banks.

The sanctions are aimed at forcing Gbagbo to relinquish power after a Nov. 28 election that world powers and African neighbours say he lost to Alassane Ouattara.

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