Have African leaders become addicted to power?
In Libya, Colonel Muamar Gaddafi is refusing to give up power after more than four decades in charge of the north African country.
The revolt against his 42-year rule is now well into its third week. It comes in the wake of uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, whose presidents were forced from power after mass street demonstrations.
Meanwhile in Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo is caught up in a stalemate after he was sworn in as president, despite the country's UN-backed Electoral Commission declaring his rival as the winner of November's poll.
So what makes some leaders cling on to power at all costs? Does power become an obsession? How can it be checked?
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