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Vol 48 No 23

Published 16th November 2007


Wading in

President Abdoulaye Wade is grooming his son as his successor – and the rivals are getting jealous

The octogenarian President has just begun his second five-year term and ambitious politicians in Dakar are already worrying about the succession, due in 2012. They have two main reasons for concern. First, they think President Abdoulaye Wade's government is weak and incompetent. Second, they fear he is quietly undermining some well-qualified candidates and preparing the ground for his son, Karim, to succeed him.

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