In pictures: Ivory Coast’s plush, empty capital


Relaxing

Awa is a trader travelling regularly between Abidjan and Yamoussoukro.

"It makes me happy that the capital is here. It's not a village; it’s becoming a big city."

Another woman grilling fish nearby agrees things are improving, especially as the civil war, which broke out six years ago, has finished.

"We hope the president will come and live here permanently. This is the sort of quiet place he can relax. He even sometimes takes a car and drives about town by himself."

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