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Vol 51 No 15

Published 23rd July 2010


Wade’s one-man band

Power is concentrated in the hands of President Abdoulaye Wade; development strategy is led by his son, Karim Wade. There are 41 ministers (plus a new Vice-Premier, a job suddenly announced for Awa Guèye Kébé on 3 July) but most have little clout. President Wade takes the big decisions, then allocates subjects to individual ministers with narrow technical briefs and narrow political bases of their own. Some estimates put Karim in charge of 46% of the entire national budget. Presidential sources insist the real proportion is less, when projects funded by foreign aid are included.

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