ivory coast post election crisis: post election crisis
After Alassane Quattara won the 2010 presidential elections, outgoing president, Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede power barracading Ouattara and his team inside a hotel as parts of Abidjan decended into chaos spiraling the country into violence and unrest, claiming the lives of over 3000 people in six months. Security forces loyal to Gbagbo routinely targeted opposition neighborhoods with deadly force while joining with the ever loyal Jeune Patriots (Youth Patriots), who not only targeted the opposition but also UN peacekeepers and any foreingers in their path. In April 2011, as rebels from the north fighting against Gbagbo's rule moved south toward the captial, French forces and UN Peacekeepers removed Gbago and his wife from power allowing Alassane Ouattara to take control.
(New York Times, Associated Press)