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Vol 45 No 13

Published 25th June 2004


Senegal

Too much sopi

Though President Wade is criticised for his frequent changes, Senegal is seen as a bastion of stability

After waiting all his life to be president, Abdoulaye Wade is making up for lost time (AC Vol 43 No 9). Since his triumphant defeat of Abdou Diouf in 2000, President Wade has made his way through six governments, four prime ministers, three government secretaries general and 126 ministers. His latest prime minister, Macky Sall, was named in April to replace Idrissa Seck, respected and powerful deputy leader of Wade's Parti Démocratique Sénégalais (PDS). Once seen as Wade's probable heir, Seck had built a strong power base which Wade was keen to neutralise. Wade had threatened to sack three of his closest allies.

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