WASHINGTON The White House on Monday increased pressure on Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo to stand down or face targeted sanctions after a November 28 election that the United Nations says he lost.
"It is time for him to go,' White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told a news briefing.
Gbagbo has defied pressure to step down. Gibbs said Alassane Quattara was the rightful winner of the election.
"We stand ready to impose targeted sanctions, individually and in concert with our partners around the world, on President Gbagbi, on his immediate family, on those who are associated with him and those who continue to cling to power illegitimately," Gibbs said.
(Reporting by Alister Bull and Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu)