President Alassane Dramane Ouattara was on hand to inaugurate the 275MW Soubré hydroelectric power plant on 2 November, reflecting the priority given by his government to infrastructure development and marking another step in Côte d’Ivoire’s efforts to raise its installed generation capacity to 4GW by 2020. The following day saw a three-hour nationwide blackout, but many Ivorians would still agree that delivery on projects, as well as some adroit political manoeuvring, has helped to consolidate Ouattara’s hold on a volatile polity.