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On 22 June, President Abdoulaye Wade – officially 84 but probably nearer 90 – was about to propose a constitutional amendment to secure a guaranteed third term in February’s elections and a legal means to leave the presidency to his son Karim if he dies in office. Wade wanted to lower the threshold for victory in the first round of the presidential election (due in February) from over 50% to over 25%, fearing that if he does not clear 50% in the first round, the opposition will unite around a single candidate and beat him.

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Abdoulaye Wade, Karim, Serigne Mbacke Ndiaye, French, Nicolas Sarkozy, United States, Barack Obama, France, Wade Père

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