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Vol 51 No 15

Published 23rd July 2010


Senegal

Karim the successor

The presidential succession of Karim Wade is far from a fait accompli, not least because his father, Abdoulaye Wade, does not yet want to step down. One French diplomat, who knows both men well, told Africa Confidential: 'When you see them both together, you realise that there is a great taboo in the family, which is the end of [Abdoulaye's] political life. Karim is very respectful and shy in front of his father - I am sure he has never put the topic of succession on the table by himself.'

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