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’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.
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.
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade cut short a trip to the U.S. today because of unrest in Senegal, according to an e-mailed statement from Widener University School of Law, where he was scheduled to speak on Sept. 24.
Lawyers working for Senegal’s president, Abdoulaye Wade, said the country’s Constitutional Court lacks the authority to decide whether he can run for office again, l’Observateur reported, citing a legal team memo.