Cargill has removed expatriate employees from Ivory Coast following the outbreak of post-election violence in the country.

The company said that it had “temporarily removed our small number of expatriates from the country and have put in place measures to support the safety and security of our Ivorian employees”.

Cargill added that it was monitoring the situation and following the advice being given by foreign governments and the United Nations.

The violence erupted after Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in a run-off election held on 28 November, with different election authorities declaring different winners. The violence has claimed scores of lives and injured hundreds others.

The West African nation produces nearly 40% of the world’s raw cocoa and Cargill has operated there since 1998.

It is unclear how many expatriate employees are in Ivory Coast.

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