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.
Former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade will travel to Senegal tomorrow after his plane was denied permission to land in the country for his first visit in two years, the Senegalese Embassy in Morocco said.
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.
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.
Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade named Cheikh Gueye as the minister in charge of February’s presidential election after the opposition said the interior minister was too political to undertake the task.