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Vol 51 No 15

Published 23rd July 2010


He’s old but he’s running

President Wade is set to take the presidency again but his favourite son is not sure to follow

At 84 and still looking chipper, President Abdoulaye Wade plans to run for the presidency again in 2012. His advisors insist he is full of ideas and enthusiasm and he has begun to clean up the political terrain, with moves to restore standards in public affairs. In mid-July, through an advisor, he made peace overtures to the building entrepreneur Bara Tall, who is fighting a court case against what many see as a state vendetta aimed at his business. Yet Wade will be 86 in 2012 and one of his numerous constitutional changes restores the presidential term to seven years, instead of the present five.

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