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Vol 37 No 19

Published 20th September 1996


Deft Diouf

The municipal elections may comfort the opposition without shaking the President

Elections in Senegal tend to breed crises. In 1983, 1988 and 1993, they ended in violence and gaol for opposition politicians. No such fireworks are expected at the municipal polls on 24 November, although the opposition will probably do well in the towns. As usual, the Parti Socialiste dominates the countryside and President Abdou Diouf's political ascendancy is clear. The PS has already nominated him to stand for a further seven-year term in 2000, when he will be 65. His nearest rival, Abdoulaye Wade of the Parti Démocratique Sénégalais, is seven years older; he rails against Diouf's rule then takes a job in his government.

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