Thank you Marie-Laure, Mr. Ambassador, for that warm introduction. And thank you to ENSEA for the use of your facilities. It is a pleasure to be with you in Abidjan today and an honor to speak to such a distinguished group. Today I would like to discuss with you the importance of free, fair, and peaceful elections in democracy. I am delighted that we have an opportunity for Q&A as well, since what I want to encourage most of all in my remarks is participation.