I've been covering the protests in the middle east and north Africa, stretching even to Cameroon. But what's going on in Ivory Coast is an entirely different situation.
Check out the links Google has for news about this situation here.
This asshole Gbagbo is ruining things and almost set off a full-blown civil war in his country. The French had to basically blow a hole in the side of his house and come in and arrest him and his wife.
There was an election in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Gbagbo lost. He decided that even though the other guy, Alassane Ouattara, won he was still president somehow. This guy, President Ouattara, is nationally recognized as the winner of this election, but Gbagbo didn't listen.
Apparently him and his asshole religious leaders decided God was the only one who could give or take away his presidency, democracy be damned. That's the dangerous part about switching religions while in power. You become a puppet of that religion rather than a follower of it. Yeah, I just went there.
But now Gbagbo is in custody, but that hasn't fixed the Ivory Coast problem. There are still divisions amongst the people because the Gbagbo supporters didn't just disappear into thin air because he was arrested. And President Ouattara's supporters are guilty of some very egregious offenses as well, though in the name of protecting his right to govern.
I wonder where Ouattara is going to live. They wanted Gbagbo out of his residence since it was the official Presidential residence, but now it has to undergo construction I'm sure to repair all the damage inflicted trying to oust him.
I don't have any memories of all that went down in Eastern Europe in the 1980s and 90s, but if it was anything like what's happening in Africa and the Middle East, I'm sure it was riveting. Every week, there's some new jerk putting his quest to maintain power above the lives of the people he's supposed to serve. Jackass.