This is the time to be brushing up on the old Ben Hur movie as tomorrow’s welcome back for President Ramos-Horta is looking like it could be bigger than Ben.
Tomorrow has been called a “day of tolerance” and I believe this means tomorrow morning is a public holiday which might mean not much going on in government offices.
The President arrives at 8am which will be followed by a brief Press Conference. The population are being encouraged to line the roads to welcome back the President. I think it was decided it would be a good thing not to encourage people to swamp the airport.
Meanwhile the next move in the rebel stakes is that Gastao Salsinha has promised to hand himself in on 27 April. I am not sure of the significance of this date but it may mean the “state of emergency” will continue past the current 22 April finish date.
The President’s return has been a magnificent thing for the roads from town out to his residence near the Christo Rei statue – except if you actually wanted to use that road during the roadworks of the past week or so. I used that road on the weekend and can only say I am looking forward to the final result which in theory, must be finished by 8am tomorrow.
This is but one way to schedule roadworks. But you need a lot of Presidents if you want the whole country done.