Karim Wade, the son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, is being detained by police as charges against him relating to a probe into illegal enrichment are being considered, the Justice Ministry said.
Karim Wade, the son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, has been given a month by state prosecutors to justify assets accumulated when he served in his father’s government or face jail, his lawyer said.
Voting began today in Senegal’s presidential election, with incumbent Abdoulaye Wade vying for a third term after violent protests that threaten to damage the second-biggest economy in West Africa’s currency union.
Senegal is trying to position itself as a center for Islamic finance in West Africa, where about 52 percent of the population is Muslim, as the government pursues changes that will enable the first sales of sukuk.
Senegal’s political stability, hindered by violent protests against Abdoulaye Wade, will be bolstered by the leader’s decision to concede defeat and hand power to his former ally, Macky Sall, after an election.
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade will face his former ally, Macky Sall, in an election runoff March 25, pitting his bid for a third term in office against an opposition that has rallied around Sall.
A special court of African judges opened in Senegal to prepare a case against former Chadian president Hissene Habre, who’s accused of causing the deaths of more than 40,000 people and torture during his eight-year rule.