Ivory Coast’s reluctant-to-leave president Laurent Gbagbo has had new UN sanctions slapped on him, including travel bans and asset freezes.
All 15 members of the Security Council voted for a resolution which echoed earlier UN calls for Gbagbo to step down.
The violence which followed last November’s election, clearly won by Alassane Ouattara, is tipping the country into civil war.
A final assault by Ouattara’s rebels to chase Gbagbo from power could be hours away. They have seized the capital and have now advanced from their northern stronghold towards Abidjan.
The UN resolution also reaffirmed that its 12,000-strong peacekeeping force is still responsible for protecting civilians.
Meanwhile thousands of Ivorians have been displaced due to the violence which has left over 470 people dead. With most of it centred on Abidjan, families are fleeing ahead of further conflict.