The price of chocolate could rise as the knock-on effect of a political row in the Ivory Coast.

Alassane Ouattara, who is widely regarded as having won the country’s recent disputed election, has called for a month-long export ban on cocoa to put pressure on the country’s incumbent president.

The West African nation is the world’s leading producer of cocoa. The move prompted a new surge in the price of the commodity, which has already risen by 14% since the disputed ballot in November.

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