President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast last week told his countrymen that the government was working quickly to restore security, following a civil war that erupted in the West African nation after elections last November. United Nations monitors said Ouattara won the vote, but the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, rejected the results and refused to step down. Gbagbo was arrested this week with the assistance of French soldiers, who have been working with forces loyal to Ouattara in the former French colony to put down the rebellion, in which hundreds of Ivorians have been confirmed killed and more than a million displaced. The European Union and World Bank have both promised assistance in rebuilding the country, which is still experiencing spasms of violence. President Obama called Ouattara to offer his support.