Indeed, he is coming on Sept. 14 and in preparation the main road into town, over the bridge, into the French Quarter is being worked on feverishly. I think the ratio of people watching the work (lots of kids especially) to those doing it is approaching infinity. For the president, they bring in the big dogs so the process is actually capital intensive leaving less work for people to do. Yet, it's so disruptive and probably the last road that needs to be fixed but it's the road he will be on so it gets spiffed up. African politics at work (U.S. too?) The rest of the roads in town are atrocious, some of the worst I have seen and these are in town. They get even worse. Ugh.
Ouattara is an economist by training (PhD from Penn) and spent a long time at the IMF. He is from the central part of the country and seems to be liked by at least two or three people which in the U.S. is pretty good for a politician (except Trump). I am excited to see the madness that comes with his arrival to Bassam...political science 101.
John Doces. Je vous écris de la Côte-d'Ivoire en Afrique.